November 2012 NPD: Black Ops 2 is the #1 Selling Game of the Month
The NPD has released the top 10 selling games from November, with 9 out of the 10 games all appearing on a Sony console (damn you Halo 4!).
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
2. Halo 4
3. Assassin’s Creed III
4. Just Dance 4
5. Madden NFL 13
6. Skylanders Giants
7. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
8. NBA 2K13
9. WWE 13
10. FIFA Soccer 13
As for the money side of things, the November sales of $2.55 billion represented an 11% drop for the industry. Software sales across all platforms were down 11% to $1.46 billion, with video game hardware down 13% to $838.9 million, and accessories down 8% to $280.9 million.
Regarding these decreased numbers, Liam Callahan, an NPD analyst, had this to say:
It’s important to compare this month’s results to November 2005, which was the last time the industry began to transition between console generations with the launch of a new platform. Comparing this month’s results to November 2005, retail video games sales are nearly twice as big as they were then (+97 percent). This really demonstrates the long-term health of retail sales even as many platforms are quite late in their lifecycles.