With the PS4 and Xbox One now available in stores across the country, the NPD Group is ready to talk about the financial health of the video game industry with their most recent monthly report. Total sales of $2.7 billion fueled the game industry in November, an increase of seven percent over November 2012’s sales numbers. The next-generation had a lot to do with the inflated number, as hardware sales were listed at $1.3 billion for the month, a 58% increase year-over-year.
But what about the games? Well, new releases Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag marched to the top three spots. Below that is a trio of non-November releases (Madden NFL 25, Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K14) and below that is a trio of family-friendly titles (Skylanders Swap Force, Just Dance 2014, Disney Infinity). FIFA 14 rounded out the top ten.
The top ten brought with it an interesting comparison between the two next-generation consoles and there seemed to be no clear-cut winner. According to Joystiq, the PS4 versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, and FIFA 14 outsold their Xbox One counterparts. But the Xbox One can claim sales superiority with Skylanders Swap Force and Just Dance 2014 among multiplatform releases.
Finally, it was a bad month to be a platform-exclusive game as major releases like Super Mario 3D World, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Forza Motorsport 5, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds failed to crack the top ten.
You can find the complete chart of November 2013’s best-sellng games after the break.
Bestselling Games in November 2013
1. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)
2. Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
3. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)
4. Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
5. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
6. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
7. Skylanders Swap Force (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One, PS4)
8. Just Dance 2014 (Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
9. Disney Infinity (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
10. FIFA 14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Vita)