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:


01.Call of Duty: Black OpsPS3, 360, PC, Wii DSActivision Blizzard
02.Assassin’s Creed: BrotherhoodPS3, 360Ubisoft
03.Just Dance 2WiiUbisoft
04.Madden NFL 11PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2Electronic Arts
05.Fable III360Microsoft
06.Donkey Kong Country ReturnsWiiNintendo
07.Need for Speed: Hot PursuitPS3, 360, Wii, PCElectronic Arts
08.Gran Turismo 5PS3Sony
09.NBA 2K11PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2Take Two
10.Wii Fit PlusWiiNintendo
Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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