Xbox 360 Leads November Sales In The U.S.

By Ishaan . December 6, 2012 . 4:16pm

The Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in November with 1.26 million units sold, according to Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg. That, Greenberg says, is “nearly 2x all other consoles” and “Wii U+Wii combined”.


Meanwhile, on the software front, the top ten best-selling games in November were as follows:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 360, PS3, PC, Wii U Activision Blizzard
02. Halo 4 360 Microsoft
03. Assassin’s Creed III 360, PS3, Wii U, PC Ubisoft
04. Just Dance 4 Wii, 360, Wii U, PS3 Ubisoft
05. Madden NFL 13 360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U Electronic Arts
06. Skylanders Giants Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U Activision Blizzard
07. Need for Speed: Most Wanted PS3, 360, PSV, PC Electronic Arts
08. NBA 2K13 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, Wii U, PC Take 2
09. WWE 13 360, PS3, Wii THQ
10. FIFA Soccer 13 360, PS3, Wii, PSV, 3DS, Wii U, PSP Electronic Arts


While November saw the release of the usual suspects such as Call of Duty and Halo, industry revenue dropped by 11%. However, NPD analyst Liam Callahan notes, November represented the “smallest year-over-year decrease we have seen for dollar and unit sales so far this year”.


Meanwhile, in the case of the Wii U, Callahan says that the device brought in “more dollars” than the Wii launch in November 2006, owing to its higher price. Wii U brought in 21% more revenue with an average price that’s 35% higher than the Wii. “Comparing Wii sales from November 2011 to Wii sales combined with Wii U sales in November 2012, dollar sales increased by 76%,” Callahan shares.


He also points out that the Nintendo DS was the only platform to see an increase in hardware sales over November 2011. This is likely due to aggressive Black Friday deals on the Nintendo DS, as Nintendo themselves pointed out recently.

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  • Göran Isacson

    Well, that’s the power of Halo and, I suppose, package deals… though shouldn’t the last sentence read “He also points out that the Nintendo DS was the only platform to see an increase in hardware sales over November 2012“?

    • malek86

      No, it’s an increase over November 2011, ie. “compared to November 2011”.

    • Nope! DS sold more in Nov. 2012 than in 2011. So “over 2011”. :)

      • Göran Isacson

        Aaah, gotcha. I thought they just meant that the sales of the platform had increased over the month of November, not when comparing BETWEEN Novembers.

  • kylehyde

    from a PR:

    “Nintendo milestones achieved in November include:

    Wii U: Following its launch on Nov. 18 and with only seven days of sales
    captured in the data, Wii U sold more than 425,000 units, nearly
    matching the Wii system’s first-week total of 475,000. On the software
    front, New Super Mario Bros. U sold more than 243,000 units, an attach
    rate of nearly 60 percent.

    Nintendo 3DS: The platform kicked off its second holiday season by
    selling nearly 540,000 units and has now sold nearly 6.5 million units
    life to date. Additionally, Mario Kart 7 became the second Nintendo 3DS
    game to cross 2 million units sold in the U.S.

    Wii: In its seventh November, Wii sold 420,000 units and has now sold more than 40 million units in the United States alone.

    Nintendo DS: In its 97th month overall, Nintendo DS sold more than
    370,000 units and will cross 53 million units sold life to date in the
    next few days.

    For more information about Nintendo, visit”

  • malek86

    Quite the drop for the 360, although 1,26 millions is still quite a big number. The 3DS worries me more, selling only 540k compared to last year’s 800k… I guess the lack of software is starting to get visible. Paper Mario can’t quite compare with proper Mario. And I imagine the 3DS at the time was still hot off the price cut and upcoming Mario Kart too.

    It’s a bit worrying for Nintendo now. They do have quite a bit of software coming, but no real hits… I also don’t think Animal Crossing will be as effective as in Japan. I wonder how long it will be for the next Pokemon.

    But these November numbers were influenced a bit by the lack of Black Friday deals. Maybe the December numbers will be more telling.

    As for the Wii U, it’s an ok start, but as everyone knows, we can only say anything after two or three months have passed. The launch month is almost always good, even for the 3DS it was.

    • Elvick

      Upcoming Mario Kart *AND* a “proper” Mario (3D Land). ;3

      Hard not to sell with that coming. :P I don’t see Luigi’s Mansion doing that well. Hopefully I’m wrong. Luigi totally deserves his time to shine. Hopefully it’s somewhere near Paper Mario sales at least.

      • malek86

        Mmh. Dunno. It seems like the 3DS didn’t benefit too much from NSMB2 after all (which is a first for a proper Mario – even if the perceived quality this time was lower than usual).

        • Elvick

          wut. I’m talking about Super Mario 3D Land.

          • malek86

            Yes, I was saying that NSMB2 is technically a proper Mario like 3D Land was (in fact, being 2D should be even more popular), but apparently didn’t help sales as much as the latter.

  • ZEROthefirst

    Now let’s see those numbers for the 360… outside of the U.S. XD

    • Aoshi00

      which is sad because in addition to the US games, there’s tons of VNs and shmups on the 360 in Jpn as well..

      I really like the special edition 360 consoles and controllers (have the Gears & Star Wars Slim), there’s no limited ed for PS3 in the US at all.. or separate themed controllers..

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Sure here. Cave is probably my fav game developer in 360 for all the shump they give us but sadly, the current market have changed. Shooter have take over shump market and because of that, Cave is not so much known outside of Japan or shump genre fans.T_T

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Halo surely is one big juggernaut for MS.^_^

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      Isnt it selling less than the last halo iterations?

  • Just Tim

    This just further proves me right that the 360 is an FPS system… in America!

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