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NPD November 2013: PS4 Rules The U.S., Becomes Largest Console Launch In History, Wii U In Trouble

NPD November 2013: PS4 Rules The U.S., Becomes Largest Console Launch In History, Wii U In Trouble

Xbox One is second biggest launch in U.S., according to the NPD. Meanwhile, Wii U is under-performing at retail, with Super Mario 3D failing to make the top ten. Inside, the full quencher.

Overall retail sales were up by 7% year over year. Hardware sales were up by 58% year over year and software was down by 24% year over year. It was also the best November ever for hardware in the U.S. due to the PS4/XB1 simultaneous launches and a 3DS’s uptake.

Here are the top 10 selling titles in the US at retail:

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)
  2. Battlefield 4 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  3. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)
  4. Madden NFL 25 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  7. Skylanders: SWAP Force (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS)
  8. Just Dance 2014 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Wii)
  9. Disney Infinity (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS)
  10. FIFA 14 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Vita)

PS4 sold more next-gen software than any other platform, and more hardware, too. In fact, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and 2K14 all sold better on PS4 than Xbox One, with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag actually performing better on PS4 than it did on PS3. PlayStation 4′s attach rate is also higher than PS3 and PS2.

Microsoft, after announcing yesterday that Xbox One has sold 2 million units worldwide since launch, said that 909, 132 consoles were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first 9 days on sale, proclaiming it to be the fastest selling console in the U.S. But PS4 sold 1 million units in 24 hrs in the U.S., so isn’t it the fastest selling console in the U.S.? Someone fill me in please if my math is bad.

Said Jack Tretton, Sony U.S. CEO:

PlayStation 4 sales in North America and worldwide have been incredibly strong since launch, culminating in PS4 being recognized as the largest console launch in history. In North America alone, more than one million PS4 units were sold in only 24 hours and we’re pleased NPD has reported that PS4 was the top selling next gen platform for both hardware and software in November.

We are humbled by the passion and excitement demonstrated by gamers for PS4. Demand continues to overwhelm supply, but we’re working hard to get PS4 units into the hands of customers throughout the holiday season.

Nintendo Hardware Sales Increase by 100 Percent, Nintendo 3DS Surpasses 10 Million

Two games that are among the best reviewed of 2013 launched on Nov. 22: Super Mario 3D World for Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. The strong response to these games helped sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November increase by 100 percent over the month prior. This includes nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family, which drove the lifetime total past 10 million to nearly 10.5 million units. Other sales milestones achieved for the month include:

Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y each sold more than 225,000 combined digital and physical units in their second month on the market. This brought the combined life-to-date total to more than 2.35 million units. On Dec. 4, Nintendo revealed special edition Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Nintendo 2DS bundles that should keep the games’ momentum going through the holidays and into 2014.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the sixth Nintendo 3DS title to have a Metacritic score of 90 or higher, sold more than 280,000 combined digital and physical units. That figure jumps to more than 405,000 total units when including the special edition Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS XL system, which comes with a code to download the game.

A handful of first-party Nintendo 3DS titles saw triple-digit sales percentage increases in November over sales in October. This includes standout 2013 titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (seventh month on market; 140 percent increase) and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (ninth month; 105 percent increase), and legacy titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star (13th month; 280 percent increase), Mario Kart 7 (23rd month; 130 percent increase) and Super Mario 3D Land (24th month; 235 percent increase).
Wii U

Sales of Wii U hardware increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October.

Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, currently the highest-rated next-generation title with a Metacritic score of 94, sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market.

“This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever.”

Data regarding physical sales of games in November are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

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