After what was turning into a generally down year for the video game industry, last month surged to the biggest Nov. on record.
According to the latest report from the NPD Group, Microsoft sold 1.37 million Xboxes in the United States last month a 68 percent jump in sales from the same month a year ago. The Nintendo Wii came in second place at 1.2 million units sold, but Sony has not released sales figures, so it’s not possible to determine where the PlayStation 3 came in on sales.
The 360 platform accounted for 40 percent of all of the industry’s sales, while Xbox 360 accessories accounted for 60 percen of the sales in that category. In short, it looks like the Kinect propelled Microsoft to astronomical numbers for a five-year-old system.
Overall sales for the industry hit $2.99 billion, up eight percent from the same month last year where the sales number hit $2.76 billion. Hardware made up $1.08 billion of those sales, up two percent from the same time last year at $1.05 billion,
Considering how the market had been going up to this point this year, these are numbers that should definitely be celebrated for breathing much needed life into the sagging industry. Up until recently the industry as a whole was down eight percent, but thanks to these new sales figures, the industry is only lagging by five percent.
Here were the top 10 game titles for November:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Xbox, PS3)
- Just Dance 2 (Wii)
- Madden NFL 11 (Xbox, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
- Fable III (Xbox)
- Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Xbox, PS3, Wii, PC)
- Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
- NBA 2K11 (Xbox, Wii, PS3, PS2, PSP, PC)
- Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
It’s unfortunate that the numbers are no longer broken down by platform, but you still get a good idea of the true hits.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Xbox can keep up these numbers through the remainder of the year, but our guts are telling us that indeed they can.
What say you? Have you picked up any new hardware lately?