Long story short: North America saw lots of sequels released in November and they all sold better than their predecessors, according to the NPD Group. Let’s take these in order:


#1 – First month sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 bested last year’s Black Ops by about 7%.

#2 – In one month, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sold 5x the amount Oblivion did in the same timeframe. In a month, the game was just half a million copies short of Oblivion’s lifetime sales.


#3 – Battlefield 3 is the best-selling game in the Battlefield series to date.

#9 – This isn’t from the NPD Group, but Nintendo of America reported that Skyward Sword is the fastest-selling Zelda game of all time. The game sold 600,000 copies in its first.

#10 – Following strong sales, Batman: Arkham City is just shy of Arkham Asylum’s lifetime sales.


Finally, while it isn’t on the list, Super Mario 3D Land is the fastest-selling portable Mario game ever. It sold 625,000 copies in November. It and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary would have charted in the top-ten had the chart been broken up by sales on individual platforms.


Here’s the full top-10 chart for the month:


01.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3PS3, 360, Wii, PCActivision Blizzard
02.The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimPS3, 360, PCBethesda Softworks
03.Battlefield 3PS3, 360, PCElectronic Arts
04.Assassin’s Creed: RevelationsPS3, 360, PCUbisoft
05.Just Dance 3360, WiiUbisoft
06.Madden NFL 12PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2Electronic Arts
07.Uncharted 3: Drake’s FortunePS3Sony
08.Saints Row: The ThirdPS3, 360, PCTHQ
09.The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWiiNintendo
10.Batman: Arkham CityPS3, 360, PCWarner Bros.
Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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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