Omg the pic is not the black guy getting his head chopped off. I thought the g spot staff loved that pic
Latest Call of Duty the best-selling game of last month in US; Xbox 360 sells 1.26 million systems; Wii U sales total 425,000 during the period.
The NPD Group reported United States industry sales for the month of November today, revealing Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the best-selling game of the month that saw overall year-over-year declines. Rounding out the top five best-selling games of November were Halo 4, Assassin's Creed III, Just Dance 4, and Madden NFL 13.
Overall, total software sales slid 11 percent to $1.46 billion compared to $1.65 billion a year ago. Hardware also took a hit during the month of November, with sales in this category dropping by 13 percent to $838.9 million, down from $962.2 million this time last year. Though sales across the board are down, NPD analyst Liam Callahan cautioned that these do not nearly represent the entire consumer spend on games.
"These sales figures represent new physical retail sales of hardware, software, and accessories, which account for roughly 50 percent of the total consumer spend on games," Callahan said in a statement. "When you consider our preliminary estimate for other physical format sales in November such as used and rentals at $207 million, and our estimate for digital format sales including full game and add-on content downloads including microtransactions, subscriptions, mobile apps, and the consumer spend on social network games at $410 million, we would estimate the total consumer spend in November to be over $3.1 billion."
Callahan also made a specific point to compare November 2012's results with those of November 2005, when the industry began to transition between console generations. When compared, retail sales are up 97 percent in 2012 over 2005, which "really demonstrates the long-term health of retail sales even as many platforms are quite late in their life cycles," he said.
Additionally, November saw the smallest year-over-year decrease in terms of total dollar and unit sales this year. Callahan said this is a sign of momentum as the holiday season continues to ramp up.
Specifically concerning software, November's declines are tied with August 2012 for the smallest year-over-year decrease thus far this year. And notably, half of all software dollars sold during the month were attributed to the Xbox 360, Callahan said.
With regard to hardware, Callahan said November 2012 represented the lowest hardware decline for dollar sales thus far this year. He also sounded off on the recent launch of the Wii U, noting its performance is tracking better than the original Wii in 2006.
"The much anticipated launch of the new Wii U console brought in more dollars than the Wii launch in November 2006, up 21 percent from that launch month," Callahan said. "With an average price 35 percent higher for the Wii U at launch compared to the Wii, this is an example of how consumers are willing to come out and spend when they see the value of the product."
Bright spots for hardware in November were the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo DS. The PS Vita saw the second-highest month of sales on a unit basis in November since the device launched in February this year. Callahan said the uptick in sales can be attributed to the numerous bundles that Sony offered in the month.
As for the DS, Callahan said it was the only platform to increase in hardware sales year-over-year.
NPD did not release specific sales figures for hardware, but Microsoft itself announced that total Xbox 360 console sales hit 1.26 million during November, fueled in part by 750,000 system sales during Black Friday week alone. The total 1.26 million figure is down from the 1.7 million sold this time last year.
Microsoft also said that total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in November (hardware, software, and accessories) totaled $1.2 billion. This is more than any other console in the United States, Microsoft said.
Separately, Nintendo announced sales for its own hardware and software. The company has now sold 425,000 Wii U units in the US (up from 400,000), falling short of the original Wii's first-week total of 475,000. New Super Mario Bros. U sold in excess of 243,000 units during the month, and was attached at nearly 60 percent of all Wii U sales.
The Nintendo 3DS sold nearly 540,000 units during the month, bringing its total to close to 6.5 million units life-to-date in the US. Mario Kart 7 also reached a milestone during November, becoming the second 3DS game to cross 2 million units sold in the US.
As for the aging original Wii, that system sold 420,000 units during the month, bringing its total US sales figure to over 40 million. The original Nintendo DS sold 370,000 systems in November, with Nintendo expecting the hardware line to cross 53 million life-to-date unit sales in the "next few days."
Concerning accessories, sales in this department dropped 8 percent to $280.9 million, down from $305.3 million last year. Though accessories overall took a hit, Activision's Skylanders franchise was booming during the month. Skylanders unit sales both of the original and new entry Skylanders Giants rose 250 percent compared to November 2011.
NOVEMBER US GAME SALES (October 28-November 24)
OVERALL DOLLAR SALES
Total retail sales: $2.55 billion (-11%)
Non-PC hardware: $838.9 million (-13%)
Non-PC software: $1.43 billion (-11%)
Accessories: $280.9 million (-8%)
Total software: $1.46 billion (-11%)
TOP 10 GAMES FOR NOVEMBER 2012
Title (Platforms) - Publisher
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, Wii U, PC) - Activision Blizzard
2. Halo 4 (Xbox 360) - Microsoft
3. Assassin's Creed III (X360, PS3, PC, Wii U) - Ubisoft
4. Just Dance 4 (X360, Wii, Wii U, PS3) - Ubisoft
5. Madden NFL 13 (X360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita, Wii U) - Electronic Arts
6. Skylanders Giants (Wii, X360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U) - Activision Blizzard
7. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (X360, PS3, PS Vita , PC) - Electronic Arts
8. NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3, Wii, PSP, Wii U, PC) - Take-Two Interactive
9. WWE 13 (X360, PS3, Wii) - THQ
10. FIFA Soccer 13 (X360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS, Wii U, PSP) - Electronic Arts
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I'm a PS3 gamer but even I had hoped Halo 4 would have knocked COD off it's throne.. Halo is the one franchise for Microsoft that I wish was on the PS3, but i'm glad it's not.. because we all know it just wouldn't work!
Still, good to know Master Chief got to number 2 as an exclusive. Good work to 343 :)
a billion?...wow...just wow...and i still don't see what's so special about COD ( that is every COD that came after COD 4 )
Things are in "decline" because people are fed up with the DLC and nickle and diming us to death. Gaming isn't as fun as it once was because of it.
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SMDFH 8 years later and the 360 can still pull +1mil units in a single month, thats effen mind boggling
PS we need to see the halo and COD numbers broken down by console, its amazing how an exclusive can sell so well
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It's their new console yes. But in terms of the 'next generation' of gaming as a whole then no, it blatently isn't. It's playing the same games as the current gen but won't be able to support those for Microsoft/Sony's next systems.
The WiiU is just Nintendo's latest console, which is on par with what already exists. It just has a different controller.
That clear enough?
@Suikogaiden @ccgod The WiiU is this gen with a bit more tack added on. It's good, but only on par with what we already have, difference is it has a tablet for a controller. The 3rd party games are the same as what we already have, and the thing won't be able to run those which will come on the 720 and PS4. It's for that reason it isn't next gen..
Black Ops 2 sales are declining compare to WM3 and WM3 was less than Black Ops >>> Translation: Finally 8 years old kid are growing up ...!
All this tells me is that we need SOME SERIOUS transparency when it comes to sales numbers. A decline for November seems just wrong. And besides neither the PS3 or XBOX 360 would be selling at ALL at this point. So good on them.
The only thing declining is NPD's accuracy of representing game sales. Digital sales not included - numbers cannot be trusted. For all we know YoY sales are up.
The way i see it, if COD wasn't multiplatform on all those consoles, Halo most definitely would've trumped it but either ways, it's great all these games are selling!
Thats pretty cool that Halo 4 is the only one that is a console exclusive game, and it's #2 on the charts.
Is anyone else confused about the success of Black Ops 2? First it was meant to be declining, then its a bigger success than some Hollywood blockbusters and now its on the top of the charts again. I don't see how anyone can say accurately that COD is declining if all other game sales were down with it.
This is equivalent to handing in a college paper and saying " Hold on I got to add more stuff to it".
You are supposed to write the article after you have enough information to write one...
This is not TV.
I have never wanted opinions given in news articles, ie fox news, msn- but a little more insight and meat to a news report would be nice.
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