Black Ops, Assassin’s Creed And Donkey Kong Were Amongst November’s Top Sellers

By Ishaan . December 9, 2010 . 4:21pm


While it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Call of Duty: Black Ops was the best-selling game in November, it’s also now the 7th best-selling game of all time. Black Ops sold 8.4 million units at retail in a single month and accounted for 25% of all video game software units sold during the month.


The rest of the NPD top-ten for the month consists of a similarly high-profile games. November saw publishers striking out with the best they had. For Ubisoft, this consisted of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, which took the #2 spot, followed by Just Dance 2 at #3.


Fable III for the Xbox 360 also turned up at #5, as did Donkey Kong Country Returns at #6. While Fable III got a head start by releasing in October, it’s rather impressive that Donkey Kong, despite being on a single platform, managed to outsell Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, which was on every current-gen home console on the market.


Following behind Hot Pursuit was another racing game — Gran Turismo 5 — for the PlayStation 3, at #8. The top-ten for the month of November was as follows:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3, 360, PC, Wii DS Activision Blizzard
02. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood PS3, 360 Ubisoft
03. Just Dance 2 Wii Ubisoft
04. Madden NFL 11 PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2 Electronic Arts
05. Fable III 360 Microsoft
06. Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii Nintendo
07. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit PS3, 360, Wii, PC Electronic Arts
08. Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Sony
09. NBA 2K11 PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2 Take Two
10. Wii Fit Plus Wii Nintendo

  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    Black Ops not surprising. It’s nice to see DKC up there. With only 9 days of selling time, too. Nintendo is sure making bank this year, just like most years

  • Fonic

    Yeah I was hoping DKC would do well. Glad to see Retro Studios still has it.

    • I wonder if i was the only one waiting for the next donkey kong game to be the 3D sequel to the glorious donkey kong 64? D:

      • you’re not the only one. I still have that yellow beauty sitting around somewhere.

        • Man i remember that game as if i played it yesterday, and played a lot of multiplayer. Ohh getting a freaking banana was like getting a jiggle in banjo Kazooie

          • lostinblue

            I played it yesterday.

            Yeah, multiplayer was and is, a blast.

      • Fonic

        Wasn’t really my favorite but it wasn’t a bad game. I preferred the older ones.

  • omg i want assasin creed

    • Barrit

      During Amazon’s black Friday deals was the best time to get it. It had dropped down to 39.99 for a few hours.

      • You think it will go that low again for christmas o.o?

        • How did you miss it on Black Friday, thats when I got it. I usually check their videogame deals everyday because sometimes stuff goes on sale randomly

          • Well, its not that i missed it, i dont really know when exactly it is so i never expected it, i dont even know why is called black friday, all i know is people die trying to buy stuff those days xD.
            Remember im not from the US :P

          • We all live in a Sony, I mean, American world, so you’re from the US in my book! lol. jk.

        • Barrit

          Yes, there’s a very good chance it will. They did Black Friday deals all that week, then they did Cyber Monday, then after that Cyber Week. After that, they have been doing 17 Days of Deals in Video games. Yesterday they had Uncharted 2 GOTY edition for 34.99 like they did during Cyber Week, and today Naruto Ninja Storm 2 for 34.99. (I believe the lowest I saw Ninja Storm during Cyber Week was 29.99.) So they may do the deal again or something close to it. Either way, still better than paying full price in my opinion.

        • Barrit

          In case you don’t know. Now’s your chance. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is the deal of the day on Amazon. $37.99

  • kylehyde

    Retro Studios + forgotten nintendo licenses = Epic Win

    Theres no doubt, if is there anybody who can resurrect the licences that nintendo has kept it in a vault and give them a new glory thats Retro.

    Come on Nintendo give to this guys the task of resurrect Star Fox from the ashes.

    • lostinblue

      I want Donkey Kong Country Returns 2 and 3 :P new triology, see.

  • malek86

    The 360 actually surpassed the Wii during November? Holy carp. Didn’t think Kinect would be that effective. The Wii should still sell a lot more worldwide, due to higher EU and JP sales. Japan is a lost cause, but MS needs to do something at least about Europe, because they don’t seem to do too well over there.

    On the other hand, Sony needs to do something about America. They got seriously outclassed this month, and with GT5 no less. Is a price cut in order?

    • Um Gran Turismo 5 was only for the charts for like maybe 2-6 days I think. I think its meaningful when it seems they charted in just so short of a time.

      DKCR as well with similar short time.

    • Aoshi00

      You’d be surprised just how well Kinect works w/ some games, it’s pretty darn repsonsive. You flail around but you don’t need to pick up the two controllers and strap them to your wrist and worry about draining or recharging batteries like Move or Wii remote (you could hold 5-lb dumb bells to be more effective for Fitness), so you’re more free to jump and kick around and break a sweat more naturally w/o so many accessories, and they track you pretty accurately.

      I need to get Kinectimals later too lol, the tigers look pretty darn cute and even fun for adults (more so for kids though).

      DKCR is definitely a blast to play. I actually find myself pretty frustrated by “Epic” Mickey’s stubborn camera.. DK you just want to keep at it.

    • kylehyde

      However I find ironic that not a single kinect title made it to the top 10, even the old wii fit plus made it. Also, the highest sell game was Dance Central at the 11th place.

    • crunc

      The 360 has been outselling the Wii for months now. Ever since the introduction of the Xbox 360 S, or there about. I.e. it doesn’t really seem to have to do with Kinect. Well, Kinect probably didn’t hurt, but it was already doing better then the Wii.

  • Wow I think this stands as a testament to just what experiences true gamers are looking forwards. Black Ops owned the other titles swiftly becoming 7th of ALL TIMEZ, DKCR showed that there is still some life in third party titles for the tottering low powered system, and finally that racing games are still alive and well (simulation can stand against arcade experiences) with the two longest running titles charting.

    This is Sony’s second racing game series to chart upon release (Modnation Racers did it earlier this year, if we recall). Looks like Sony and EA are the only publishing companies suited for the racing game genre!

    • zhemos

      DKCR is done by retro studio’s which is owned by Nintendo, so It’s a 1st party title I believe.

    • You draw the WORST conclusions. Congrats for making the siliconera comments section a total dump.

      • Denpanosekai, I do it for you, I truly do!

        What other conclusion could be made, the numbers show that gamers did choose Black Ops over other games, Epic Yawn failed to rechart, so this shows that people do still believe in the Wii with titles such as Mario Kart Wii or older titles charting beyond that anomaly Wii Fit.

        The failure and potential collapse of Bizarre Creations after their failure of a racing game Blur, and the unknown in American F1 game, and mysteriously absent sales of Split/Second led people to conclude the racing genre is dead…but this shows that Gran Turismo, Need for Speed, and as mentioned previously, ModNation Racers, that racing games still have life in them.

        Im may be partaking of red wine right now, but still, my conclusions are sound.

        • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

          What numbers?

        • How do we knock some common sense into you. Just how, I wonder.

          Good games beget good sales, right? RIGHT?

          • I think you missed the email for that one, I had to abandon that platform because there were cases where good games didnt get good sales, people gave numerous examples.

          • I was being sarcastic.

        • Most of the time it’s down to marketing and brand loyalty.

          Lets look at the racing genre. In terms of those factors Gran Turismo and Need for Speed already had a headstart as they were established IP’s, haven’t overstayed their welcome and have a huge fanbase GT fans especially are a very loyal and passionate bunch (as you can tell by their defensive comments on various game sites). This means it’s 99% that any game they release will be at least decent sellers.

          Now onto Blur and Split/Second. New IPs always have the disadvantage of trying to stand out and appeal to those who have their loyalties elsewhere, even when they are released on a quiet period with seemingly no other compeition. But Blur and Split/Second marketing just wasn’t strong enough to pursade the public.

          Racing genre is certinaly not dead or was ever in danger of dying. No genre truely dies, it just either fades into obscurity (Shumps and beat em’ ups), goes into quiet periods (puzzlers I guess) or still strong.
          – despite having decent marketing – just failed to capture the public’s imgination.

          As for Kirby, Well my reasoning is that, despite having dozens of games to himself (itself?), he (it?) is not established icon, like Mario and Link are. His games are kind of like niche in terms of audiences.

          And yes marketing and brand loyalty don’t always ensure a game’s success, as we’ve seen games with little fanfare and/or be new IP’s become sleeper hits (Heavy Rain and Demon Souls are the best examples).

  • Glad that DKCR and Asscreed Bros did so well. Fantastic games, they deserve it.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I am annoyed by the fact that the NPD no longer tracks hardware sales or reveal sales for individual titles. It makes it difficult to have a good mental picture of the state of the US gaming industry.

  • Sonic Colors, where are you?

  • thebanditking

    “While it shouldn’t be, Call of Duty: Black Ops was the best-selling game in November.” Ishaan I fixed that first line for you ;)

  • crunc

    I don’t get the comment about DKCR. Just Dance 2 was also on a single platform, it’s a 3rd party, and it outsold DKCR, let alone NFSHP! Not to mention Fable III, also a single-platform game, is above DKCR. So why DKCR and not Just Dance 2?

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