November 2009 NPD sales results

Everybody’s favorite month to track the NPD sales is November due to the craziness of Black Friday and the kickoff of holiday shopping. Going into the month most people were predicting that the PS3 would be the big winner in hardware with Modern Warfare 2 cleaning up the software battle. See below to see how it all played out.

Hardware

  1. Nintendo DS – 1,700,000
  2. Nintendo Wii – 1,260,000
  3. Xbox 360 – 819,000
  4. PlayStation 3 – 710,400
  5. Sony PSP – 293,900
  6. PlayStation 2 – 203,100

Software

  1. 360 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 4,200,000
  2. PS3 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 1,870,000
  3. Wii – New Super Mario Bros. Wii – 1,390,000
  4. 360 – Assassin’s Creed 2 – 794,700
  5. 360 – Left 4 Dead 2 – 744,000
  6. Wii – Wii Sports Resort – 720,200
  7. Wii – Wii Fit Plus – 679,000
  8. PS3 – Assassin’s Creed 2 – 448,400
  9. 360 – Dragon’s Age: Origins – 362,100
  10. Wii – Mario Kart Wii – 315,000

360 (4), Wii (4), PS3 (2)

So the Wii and DS just put up insane numbers. It seems that they most definitely have not hit critical mass at this point. The big surprise, however, was that the 360 outsold the PS3 by over 100,000 units and the dismal performance of the PSP platform, which includes newcomer PSPgo in the mix. Now it’s not all doom and gloom for Sony, but they definitely failed to make up ground on the competition despite price drops, some very slick ad campaigns, and some key releases. December might tell a different story, but really it’s November that is the key month for holiday sales figures.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is just crazy. I can’t think of a time when any game sold over 6 million units in a single month, and by all accounts the number is already over a million units higher when factoring in December. Remember, this is only the United States and does not factor in European, Japanese, or other region’s sales. Simply put, Modern Warfare 2 a beast like we’ve never seen before.

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