November Videogame Sales: All Sequels Reporting For Duty


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:


Rank Title System Publisher
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.
Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". 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.