Geez, usually I don't talk too much about sales because they're ultimately irrelevant (all three major consoles and the handhelds are doing quite well worldwide overall), but November's numbers were pretty stark for Sony:
"Here are the sales numbers for the three major consoles, as well as the DS. Unfortunately, we have no data on the PSP.
* Nintendo DS: 1.5 Million
* Xbox 360: 1.37 Million
* Wii: 1.27 Million
* PS3: 530,000
While Nintendo and Microsoft shared their numbers with the press via official releases, Bloomberg had the details on the PlayStation 3 sales. To be fair, I wouldn't trumpet those numbers either.
Things are looking very good for Microsoft. "The 360 platform accounted for over 40 percent of total industry sales driven by the successful launch of Microsoft's Kinect," Frazier wrote. "Xbox 360 accessories accounted for 60 percent of that categories' dollar sales this month." The 360 enjoyed a stunning 68 percent increase over last November. The Kinect was also the best-selling accessory of the month."
"While we only have the specific sales for one title, and the games are now grouped together in terms of platforms, the top-selling games in November are still an interesting lot. Take a look:
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, PC, NDS), 8.4 Million sold
2. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (360, PS3)
3. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
4. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
5. Fable III (360)
6. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
7. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (PS3, 360, Wii, PC)
8. Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
9. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP,PC)
10. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
While Gran Turismo 5 seems to occupy a lower than expected slot on the list, remember that it only had a few days to accumulate any sales in November. Sony has since announced that the game has sold 1.35 million units in North America since launch, and over 3.5 million in Europe. Those are impressive numbers, and the game should continue to be a strong seller through the holiday season.
That's all well and good, but let's discuss Call of Duty: Black Ops. In one month, in one country, it sold over 8 million copies. That's not a success, that's not impressive, that's jaw-dropping. "Black Ops debuted as the best-selling game in its launch month (in history) with Black Ops selling 8.4 million units at retail in the U.S. With only one month of sales, it has become the 7th best-selling game of all time, life-to-date," Frazier explained. In one month, it made it into the top ten list of all-time best-sellers. It's not even Christmas yet; the game is sure to crawl up a few spots on that list.
Even more impressive, Black Ops was responsible for 25 percent of all video games sold in November. If four people walked into the store, one person walked out with Black Ops. That's crazy."