U.S. Video Game Sector Sees 11 Percent Decline at Retail in November

U.S. video games sales at retail fell 11 percent overall, despite seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4, and Assassin's Creed III released during the month and a robust start to the holiday shopping season. Overall total software sales fell 11 percent to $1.46 billion, hardware fell 13 percent to $838.9 million, and accessories fell 8 percent to $280.9 million. Overall the video game industry saw an 11 percent decline at retail in the month of November, coming in at around $2.55 billion.

The NPD Group said that Sony's PS Vita hand-held saw its second-highest month of sales in November since it launched in February. The increase in sales was mostly attributed to bundle deals. The Nintendo DS was the only platform to have an increase in year-over year sales. No specific numbers were released for PS Vita.

Separately Microsoft revealed that total Xbox 360 console sales hit 1.26 million during November, with 750,000 units sold during Black Friday week. Despite the news, Xbox 360 sales were down compared to last year's number of 1.7 million sold at this time last year. Microsoft also revealed that Xbox 360 totals (hardware, software, and accessories) came in at $1.2 billion. This is more than any other console in the United States, Microsoft said.

Nintendo announced it has sold 425,000 Wii U units in the US in its first week of release, falling short of Wii's first-week total of 475,000. New Super Mario Bros. U sold 243,000 units during the month. The Nintendo 3DS sold nearly 540,000 units during the month, hitting a milestone of nearly 6.5 million units life-to-date in the US. Mario Kart 7 also pass the 2 million units sold mark in the US.

The Wii sold 420,000 units during the month, bringing its total US sales figure to over 40 million. The Nintendo DS sold 370,000 systems in November, with Nintendo predicting the system will hit the 53 million life-to-date unit sales within a few days.

The top 10 games for November were:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, Wii U, PC) – Activision Blizzard
  2. Halo 4 (Xbox 360) – Microsoft
  3. Assassin's Creed III (X360, PS3, PC, Wii U) – Ubisoft
  4. Just Dance 4 (X360, Wii, Wii U, PS3) – Ubisoft
  5. Madden NFL 13 (X360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita, Wii U) – Electronic Arts
  6. Skylanders Giants (Wii, X360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U) – Activision Blizzard
  7. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (X360, PS3, PS Vita , PC) – Electronic Arts
  8. NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3, Wii, PSP, Wii U, PC) – Take-Two Interactive
  9. WWE 13 (X360, PS3, Wii) – THQ
  10. FIFA Soccer 13 (X360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS, Wii U, PSP) – Electronic Arts

Source: NPD Group

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