Game Sales Swell to $2.63B in November, Call of Duty 4 Takes Top Software Spot

By Carlos Bergfeld, Dec 13, 2007 5:18pm PST NPD just released its game industry data for November, and the month containing the infamous Black Friday brought with it an insane level of video game sales across the board. The $2.63 billion brought in by the gaming industry marked a 52% year-over-year increase compared to last November.

Software sales eclipsed hardware sales in both dollar amounts and year-over-year change. The 62% year-over-year increase in software sales brought in $1.31 billion for the month, led by 1.57 million units of Infinity Ward's shooter Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC, PS3, X360) for Xbox 360.

Nintendo's Mario Galaxy (Wii) and Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed (PC, PS3, X360) on Xbox 360, both released later in the month, brought in second and third place in sales with 1.12 million units and 980,000 units sold, respectively. Notably absent from the top-10 best-sellers, listed below, is Harmonix's Rock Band (PS2, PS3, X360), which sold a combined 382,000 units across both PS3 and Xbox 360.

  1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (X360, Infinity Ward, Activision) 1.57 million
  2. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, Nintendo) 1.12 million
  3. Assassin's Creed (X360, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft) 980,000
  4. Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock Bundle (PS2, Budcat, Activision) 967,000
  5. Wii Play with remote (Wii, Nintendo) 564,000
  6. Mass Effect (X360, BioWare, Microsoft) 473,000
  7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, Infinity Ward, Activision) 444,000
  8. Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock Bundle (Wii, Vicarious Visions, Activision) 426,000
  9. Halo 3 (X360, Bungie, Microsoft) 387,000
  10. Assassin's Creed (PS3, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft) 377,000

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  • NPD Hardware Numbers


    PlayStation 2 496K
    PlayStation 3 466K
    PSP 567K
    Xbox 360 770K
    Wii 981K
    Nintendo DS 1.53 million

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    • thoughts:
      holy crap. Nintendo can pump out nearly 1 million units of the Wii and still it's impossible to find. I'm amazed. I wonder how long they could keep that up, assuming they found a way to produce that many every month

      While the numbers sold swelled for each console, the ratio of consoles sold compared to the others remained fairly constant. It appears that MS's strategy of moderate price cuts and adding bundles and hardware along the way is working to counteract Sony's strategy of slashing prices but removing hardware features.

      As far as Software numbers go, it's got to be exciting for Sony that they managed to put 2 games into the top 10 this month, and the volume sold of each title is also quite good. It appears that even though they're the laggard so far this generation, there's enough PS3's in NA to make it worthwhile to develop at least ports of AAA titles for it. PS3 owners seem hungry for titles and I assume they'd have a similar attach rate as 360 owners if the games were there.

      It appears that MS's big guns of Halo 3, Bioshock and Mass Effect haven't led to a long term increase in demand relative to the PS3 and Wii. A spike in September and that's about it. Lets see what happens in 2008 when the PS3 should have some big exclusives coming out. Plus, with GTA IV releasing simultaneously on both platforms, it'll be interesting to see which platform gets the bigger HW bump. I wouldn't be surprised if the PS3 got the bigger bump since so many GTA fans got their first taste of it on the PS2 and may be loyal to the brand.