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 3||PS3, 360, Wii, PC||Activision Blizzard|
|02.||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||PS3, 360, PC||Bethesda Softworks|
|03.||Battlefield 3||PS3, 360, PC||Electronic Arts|
|04.||Assassin’s Creed: Revelations||PS3, 360, PC||Ubisoft|
|05.||Just Dance 3||360, Wii||Ubisoft|
|06.||Madden NFL 12||PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2||Electronic Arts|
|07.||Uncharted 3: Drake’s Fortune||PS3||Sony|
|08.||Saints Row: The Third||PS3, 360, PC||THQ|
|09.||The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword||Wii||Nintendo|
|10.||Batman: Arkham City||PS3, 360, PC||Warner Bros.|