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December 2013 & 2013 NPD: Xbox One Beats PS4 in December, Grand Theft Auto V is the #1 Selling Game of 2013

January 16, 2014 Written by Jason Dunning

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After breaking all sorts of records when it released, the NPD has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V was the #1 selling game at retail in the US during 2013. This means Call of Duty’s streak of four straight years at the top comes to an end, with Wii Play being the last non-Call of Duty #1. For the rest of the top five you have Call of Duty: Ghosts at #2, followed by Madden NFL 25, Battlefield 4, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Overall in 2013, the entire industry was down 2% compared to last year, ending up at $12.97 billion. For a breakdown, hardware was up 5% to $4.26 billion, software down 9% to $6.12 billion, and accessories (which includes Skylanders/Disney Infinity add-ons and pre-paid money cards) was up 3% to $2.6 billion.

Specifically for December, the industry was up 2% compared to last year with $3.28 billion. Thanks to the PS4 and Xbox One, hardware was up 28% to $1.37 billion, and accessories were up 4% to $631 million, but software was down 17% to $1.28 billion.

While the PS4 may have ruled November in the US and 2013 worldwide, Xbox has confirmed that the Xbox One was the #1 selling new-gen console in the US during December 2013, moving 908,000 units. As well, the Xbox 360 was the #1 selling last-gen console at 643,000 (Sony rarely, if ever, gives out US system sales figures in the US).

Here’s the top 10 selling games in December 2013, which totals sales across all systems and includes Collectors Editions, GOTY Editions, and bundles, but not those bundled with hardware:

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  2. Battlefield 4
  3. Just Dance 2014
  4. Madden NFL 25
  5. NBA 2K14
  6. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  9. FIFA 14
  10. Skylanders SWAP Force

And here’s the top 10 selling games in 2013, which also totals sales across all systems and includes Collectors Editions, GOTY Editions, and bundles, but not those bundled with hardware:

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  3. Madden NFL 25
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  6. NBA 2K14
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  8. Just Dance 2014
  9. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  10. Disney Infinity

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