What were the Top 10 best selling games in November 2016 in the United States?
The newest NPD numbers are in, and so are the top lists of the highest selling game systems and games (by revenue) for last month in America. Now including both retail and most digital sales & revenue numbers!
Here is the full Top 10 of November 2016:
1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
2. Battlefield 1
3. Pokemon Sun*
4. Pokemon Moon*
5. Titanfall 2
6. NBA 2K17
7. Madden NFL 17
8. Watch Dogs 2
9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
10. FIFA 17
* No digital sales included.
Here’s the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare TV commercial…
System Sales in November 2016:
1. PlayStation 4 — Got #1 overall platform spot thanks to the PS4 Slim Uncharted 4 Bundle!
2. Nintendo 3DS + 2DS
3. Xbox One
4. NES Classic Edition
5. Nintendo Wii U
6. Xbox 360
7. PlayStation 3
8. PlayStation Vita
Note: The NES Classic Edition did sell over 196,000 units despite being in short supply! That said, only the first three spots are confirmed. The rest are estimates, no complete hard sales data was released for the month. NPD has also stopped tracking these numbers, which isn’t surprising since the game system publishers stopped releasing sales data over a year ago.
Check out these 21 must-play PS4 games of 2016…
Analysis of the game and hardware sales numbers:
NPD tracks retail sales to get a good impression of last month’s best selling video games. Although it doesn’t by far track all digital sales, since November 2016 NPD tracks Steam (PC), Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network for these major third-party publishers: Activision Blizzard, Capcom, Deep Silver, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros.
To quote NPD analyst Sam Naji…
About video games he said:
“The video game industry generated $1.97 billion in revenues in the United States in November 2016, down a huge 24% year-over-year from $2.6 billion in November 2015.
The year-on-year software revenue decline was driven by the strong comparison to last November’s top 3 titles. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront, which were all full-priced console new releases. This month’s top three games were Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Pokemon Sun. Battlefield 1 launched in October, and Pokemon Sun launched at a lower price than last November’s console games. As all titles outside of the top three grew a combined 12% vs. year ago, it is the top three title grouping that drove the year-on-year decline.
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon had the strongest launch in the history of the franchise, selling 8% more units than the previous best-selling combo of Pokemon White and Pokemon Black despite having 19 fewer days in market during the month.”
About hardware he said:
“Total hardware spending in November declined 35% compared to year ago as growth in portable hardware sales was offset by declines in console hardware spending, particularly on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The PlayStation 4 was the top-selling hardware system in the month, driven by the PS4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle. This SKU accounted for 30% of all hardware units sold.
Unit sales of 3DS hardware grew 59% versus November a year ago, the sixth straight month of year-on-year growth.
Total accessory spending, including PlayStation VR headsets sold through retail, declined by 6% versus November 2015 driven by a 49% decline in interactive-gaming toys. All interactive-gaming toys franchises experienced declines in the month compared to November 2015. Lego Dimensions is the current market leader in the segment with 38% revenue share in November.”