November U.S. Sales: New Consoles, Familiar Games

By Ishaan . December 12, 2013 . 10:44pm

While PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both saw successful launches in the U.S. last month, neither system’s launch exclusives made it into the top-10 best-selling games of the month, which encompassed a variety of familiar multiplatform titles, ranging from Call of Duty: Ghosts to Grand Theft Auto V and Just Dance 2014. November’s rankings, courtesy of the NPD Group, can be found below.


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Ghosts 360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC, Wii U Activision Blizzard
02. Battlefield 4 360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC Electronic Arts
03. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag 360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, Wii U Ubisoft
04. Madden NFL 25
360, PS3, PS4, XBO Electronic Arts
05. Grand Theft Auto V 360, PS3 Take 2
06. NBA 2K14 360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC Take 2
07. Skylanders SWAP Force Wii, 360, Wii U, XBO, PS3, PS4 Activision Blizzard
08. Just Dance 2014 Wii, 360, Wii U, XBO, PS3, PS4 Ubisoft
09. Disney Infinity Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS Disney Interactive
10. FIFA 14 360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PSV Electronic Arts

 The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling platform for the month, with Xbox One sales coming in second. That said, the NPD Group did point out that attach rate for the PlayStation 4 was stronger than both PS2 and PS3 before it.


What’s interesting is, if you look at the above list of best-sellers, Just Dance and Skylanders appears to have done better on Xbox One than PS4 for some reason. In the case of Just Dance 2014, one could possibly attribute this to the inclusion of Kinect, which may have enticed buyers to pick the Xbox One version over PlayStation 4.

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    • Ferrick

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          • PreyMantis

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  • FivePointedTheStar

    Well… What do you expect, right. >_>

  • Nitraion

    with game launch like that…
    it doesn’t really matter how powerful your console…
    i say next 2 year

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    I don’t understand. I REALLY don’t. I’ve played CoD since MW3 and yes it’s very fun, but why don’t other games step up to even half the level of popularity CoD is enjoying even though they have more innovation/a better story? Is marketing that crucial for sales?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Consumer manipulation is all that makes COD sell. This one having lower sales is due to franchise fatigue.

      • Tonton Ramos

        Did COD Ghost now beat GTAV based on these sales? Really? Not hatin just checkin…

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Of course not. GTA is the king of manipulation.
          Just in the opposite manner.

          The manner of cooking it for 5 years,then gaming the review system by delaying your crappy online and selling a game that does everything;but all in mediocrity.

          • Tonton Ramos

            Phew! I’m relieved…

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            See all the GTA sales went to Japan.

      • SerendipityX

        I’ve also head a few fans saying there some glaring issues with Ghosts too.

  • DanielGearSolid

    If X1 loses the US, its pretty much over… Ps4 already has EU and JP in its bag.

    Edit: In Regards to Home Consoles

    • ronin4life

      It(Sony) really doesn’t have Japan, and xbox has actually done very well in Europe.

      • DanielGearSolid

        The Xbox only sells about 100 – 200 consoles per WEEK in Jpn… Sony has it dude.. As far as EU, yeah MS had good launch, but Ps4s was better… And Ps3 was sold way more than 360 over there

        • ronin4life

          Except it didn’t. Xbox did much better than many believe in the EU, and has quite the market share.

          And on Japan, you have forgotten Nintendo. 3ds is *The* Console handheld or not.

          And WiiU has Life to life been doing better than Vita, no matter how slightly, an unusual market behaivor for a Handheld. If a handheld can’t do it, I don’t see a Home console doing better very easily… and it would have to do miles better than either to actually be doing decently…@[email protected];;;

          Also, Consider this: PS4 Will have none of the mass appeal games WiiU has access to nor the “Otaku and Anime” Games(As Isshan likes to say” The Vita has. It won’t really have either of the two biggest game markets at all, and we have seen having only one hasn’t helped Vita or WiiU at all.

          • DanielGearSolid

            Ok so in the race between SONY and MICROSOFT home consoles you bring up the 3DS?

            Sony is crushing Microsoft in JPN.

            “Except it didnt”
            “Except” what “didn’t”? Ps3 so far in EU has sold 8mil more than Xbox 360. Case Closed.

            What does WiiU vs Vita have to do with anything? And if you did your research you would know the VITA has sold more units than the WiiU worldwide.

            As far your theory on the Ps4’s success/failure get back to me when pre orders stop selling out in Japan in 5mins

          • ronin4life

            Ps4 Vs One comparisons are pointless without considering ALL the factors. Of Market, Region and competitors. This isn’t some fanboy closed raxe between MS and Sony: NINTENDO is there too. With a console that sold half its LTD WW in its first 2 months: 2 MILLION, Then dropped off a cliff. How will January work out for Sony post launch, or MS if they follow this trend and WiiU recovers? It is all relevant.

            Especially in the case of Japan and the 3ds. Because, as I already said Home console or handheld it is THE game machine. VERY FEW people want anything else, least of all a home console with fewer games than its still kicking predecessor OR its sinking handheld counterpart… in a country where consoles have been in decline since DS.

            Yeah, those pre orders… WiiU and Vita had mass sellouts and record breaking Pre orders too. They also had Games that Japanese players actually liked, and vastly cheaper price tags. I think we know how that turned out.

          • DanielGearSolid

            See now you’re getting hypocritical…
            You deem PS4 vs X1 comparisons are useless yet in your previous comment you bring up Vita vs WiiU comparisons. How convenient that you get to decide what is and isnt pointless in this debate.. You need to realize your opinion is NOT fact.

            Here are the facts:

            Ps3 sold 8million more in EU than 360
            PS3 sold 6million more in JP than 360
            PS4 sold more than X1 at launch in both regions

            The advantages 360 had over Ps3 were the US and the year headstart.
            You haven’t proven any of those facts wrong…

            Now, when discussing who is winning between two of the the three consoles how does the 3rd console relate in anyway?

            The Wii sold more than the PS3 and 360, does that change the fact that the Ps3 surpassed the 360 in 2013… no, it has absolutely no relevance.
            The 3DS sold way more than the Vita so far, how does the WiiU selling more than the Vita change that FACT? it doesnt, there is absolutely no relevance.
            Prove me wrong…

            IF i claimed Sony has to beat MS and it will win the entire gaming console war, you would be right but as my original comment says, IF MS loses its advantage in the US it will essentially lose to the battle against the PS4.

            Finally all of your speculation about the WIIU and past trends plays right into my point, If you think the trends in Japan will continue in regards to home console sales, Then obviously you will agree that the XBOX will continue to bomb in Japan. And the PS4 outpace it? Or do sales history trends only apply when you wanna make a point?

            So instead of bringing in unrelated topics/opinions how about you try and disprove the FACTS

          • ronin4life

            I just don’t get why you are only really concerned about PS4 VS One in such stern isolation I guess. But if this is just Xbox and PS, We already know MS is out of Japan. They have been since Xbox, and I feel It isn’t worth mentioning at all. And while ps3 has caught up to 360, it hasn’t been outselling it in the US and they are about the same in the EU(I have been hearing people say ps3 was out pacing the 360 for a year now, but stopped believing it about 6 months ago, which is why I am adamant about that front: there are two groups constantly bickering about this and while even now I don’t know which is presenting the absolute correct info, the NPD data backs up the idea MS is still quite ahead and continues to be so on that front, with similar data coming out of EU sales reports.)

            But why isn’t Nintendo being discussed? If you want to ignore them Outside Japan, ok I can see that: be it MS and Sony, Sony and Nintendo, Nintendo and MS or all three: there are 3 strong Market shares that can be compared, and we don’t always have to include all of them. But in Japan, it is just Sony and Nintendo. If your absolute point is only MS VS Sony, Japan is just not worth mentioning… and if it is, is seems weird to ignore the massive elephant in that room, even if it isn’t part of your point.

            Now, One and 4 are a little harder. PS4 is cheaper and had no bad publicity. It should do better, and I don’t think anyone expected it to not do so. And while it will probably continue to do so, will it actually gain note-worthy market distance between itself and One? Well, for now they aren’t to far apart and Xbox managed itself a wide market share in just over a decade, so I don’t think they can be counted out easily, if at all for the foreseeable future.

            As for WiiU and Vita, my point was that If a Sony handheld can’t outperform a Nintendo Home console in Japan, how will A Sony Home console do better? And that would be pretty bad, as WiiU isn’t exactly doing very good. When it comes to Market share in Japan, Sony may have outpaced MS but I don’t see them out doing Nintendo. Hell, I don’t see them out doing themselves against the ps3.

            So WW, Sony does seem like it is going to stay ahead of MS. But I would find this due mostly to Japan anyway, where even Sony isn’t doing too well lately Market share wise. So unless we see a drastic pull-out, they seem pretty close. And that isn’t taking Nintendo into account, which has been rising these last few months outside Japan and could impact either or both of these two.

          • DanielGearSolid

            I’m not only concerned with Ps4 and X1… The article brought up the Ps4 was the best selling console in the US with X1 coming in second, so I left a comment on that point.

            Im not sure why you wouldn’t want me to mention JP when the X1 is gonna be available for purchase there.

            Im also not sure why you don’t believe the Ps3 is ahead in EU its well documented

            I also don’t know where you got the idea Sony isnt doing great with marketshare

          • ronin4life

            Even though One will be for sale in Japan, Most don’t see it doing well at all… I bet it will even vastly underperform against 360. So you can mention it, I just think it in inconsequential personally.

            And as I said, I have constantly seen people discuss 360 vs ps3 and present evidence from both sides. 360 MP 3rd party sales are usually higher per region than ps3, and I remember sometime during the summer seeing stories that put 360 ahead of ps3 multiple times month over month. But since the hard numbers are kept secret from the public in most regions, we don’t really know. I don’t keep track of WW sales of these consoles in forums and stuff, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn ps3 edged out. But at the moment I don’t believe it has, and either way the gap between the two would be relatively minimal.

            When it comes to Sony Market-share in Japan(They are fine elsewhere), we know 3ds has now bested ps3 by a factor of 2 and vita is a million above wiiu with ~2mil sold and a year head start. Vita should be compared to 3ds, and with ps3 on the way out ps4 to wiiu. From psp to Vita there is apparently a massive drop and with home consoles cast to the wayside marketshare will most likely remain 3ds dominated, meaning Nintendo controlled. I’m gonna do some very loose and rough numbers without checking, but for instance If ps4 doubles Vitas past performance and everything else stays about the same performance wise, we could be seeing install bases by the end of next year to be around:

            3ds 22~25mil(I think it may have already passed 22mil actually) + WiiU 1.5~2mil(About a million per year) = 23.5~27mil, and ps4 4mil vita 3mil(1mil per year) = 7mil, around 3 times less than Nintendo, becoming ~16-18mil with ps3. But that would be giving ps4 one hell of a booster the way things seem likely to be heading, meaning the market could be ~66% Nintendo at least. Now, maybe that isn’t *Bad*, but it seems pretty small compared to the days of psp and ps2.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Xbox dominates in the smallest European Market there is.

            The EU.
            Its a small market.

            Brazil’s bigger than Europe in its entirety

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      JP is owned by 3DS and mobile phone though.T_T

      • DanielGearSolid

        I’ll edit my original comment since ppl need the obvious to be stated

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Let’s watch the anger, please. The market in Japan is trending differently and to claim that the world only belongs to Sony will get folks wishing to show a different side to things. I don’t see any of those responding to you in this thread doing so in a manner requiring quite so much hyperbole back.

          • DanielGearSolid

            While im not angry, I do apologize for the aggression in my response to boundaries_San

            But once again my comment is in relation to Sony vs Ms home consoles. Not Sony VS all gaming consoles

    • Hound

      The REALLY interesting thing to see will be what the trend will be among the smaller US & Asian developers. Especially the ones that were exclusive to less popular consoles for their regions (the couple US developers that were making PS3 exclusives & Jp developers making XBOX exclusives.)

      Will developers readily upgrade to the next console? Will we see US developers support the 3DS as graphical & environmental demand increases with this generation? Will the PS3/360 generation maintain an unusual longevity? Or will a large number of developers support the the new consoles cross-platform with PC? Will Japanese developers that did cross-platform support continue to do so at the same frequency this generation? Will new peripherals such as the Oculus Rift or additional peripherals like the Playstation Move & Kinect be introduced as these consoles mature?

      The next couple of years will be interesting.

  • Crevox

    This is like the most stereotypical sales chart for US

    • SerendipityX

      Not surprising, all those games are multiplatform.

    • DanielGearSolid

      Let’s change it. Everybody quick go buy YS memories of celceta!

  • fairysun

    OK, question of the day.
    A certain country has top 5 game sales like this:
    1. Call of Duty: Ghost
    2. Battlefield 4
    3. Assassin’s Creed IV
    4. Madden NFL 25
    5. Grand Theft Auto V

    Which country is that?
    3 guesses and the first two do not count.

    • PreyMantis

      Nagorno-Karabakh Republic!…?

  • Aristides

    It’s somewhat funny how the US sales chart looks exactly the same almost every year lol. I think it’s about time for another video game crash :P

  • Herok♞

    Impressive a chart filled with exclusively sequels, except for Disney Infinity which is another game on said list made by a different company

  • Guest

    OK, nothing too unexpected, annual series like Assassin’s Creed, big releases like GTA V, highly marketed games for kids and everything multiplatform.

    But what the–!? FIFA!? B-b-but Level-5 told me soccer video-games don’t sell well in North America…

    • M’iau M’iaut

      There is a little difference between real world, real team soccer and soccer played in space by unknown animu kids against aliens :P.

      • sd28

        and one is also a longer running series on home consoles

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    Generic. Do we know what the EU’s charts look like?

  • Yan Zhao

    Watching this American top game sale list depresses me.

  • PreyMantis

    The thing I find quite interesting is the fact that ignorant gamers, casuals and kids that thinks they’re hardcore just because they played a mature-rated game are the ones that mostly buy these games, as far as experience and a bit of statistics go.

  • So Fifa makes it to the top 10 selling games of the month, and yet Level 5 still believes that there is no audience for the Inazuma Eleven series in the US… Sad…

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