November 2011 NPD: Gamers Like Dancing More Than Nathan Drake

By Pete Haas 2011-12-09 16:51:10 discussion comments
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The NPD Group announced the North American sales figures for November this afternoon. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, predictably, was top dog but there were a couple surprises in the rankings.

Madden NFL 12 managed to eke out a win over Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, as did Just Dance 3. It should be noted that both Madden and JD3 are multiplatform games, though, while UC3 is a PS3 exclusive. It's an impressive showing for both games, though, considering that Uncharted was released on the first day of November and moved 3.8 million copies on that date.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, meanwhile, ended up the second best-selling game of the month. It beat out Battlefield 3 and Assassin's Creed: Revelations (third and fourth, respectively).

"In one month, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is just about half a million units shy of matching Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in lifetime sales," said NPD Group's Anita Frazier. "Its first month performance was a five-fold increase over Oblivionís first month sales."

Here's the full top ten for the month:
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
3. Battlefield 3
4. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
5. Just Dance 3
6. Madden NFL 12
7. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
8. Saints Row: The Third
9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
10. Batman: Arkham City

On the hardware side of things, the Xbox 360 was the top seller. This is the fourth month in a row that it has taken the crown. The gap between the 360 and the next best-selling platform was the largest since December 2008. Back then, the DS was on top.

Overall, the NPD says, this November was flat compared to November 2010. While software sales were up due to highly-rated new releases and unit sales for consoles also increased, the average price of hardware was lower this year.
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