North American sales stats for December 2011

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One of the things I’m jealous of North America for is their ability to track and publicise pretty much everything but in this instance, gaming sales.

The NPD track all gaming related sales in North America (excl digital and Wallmart) and then publicise the results monthly for insiders to see. Originally they published the results for everyone to see but apparently one of the hardware manufacturers *cough*Sony*cough* forced them to stop and make them subscription only.

Thankfully Microsoft generally publishes its figures every month and Nintendo has been seen to do the same and since we hear what the complete sales figures are we can then work out the stats. So let’s look at December shall we?

Hardware

  1. Xbox 360 – Around 1.7 Million (a 8.6% drop from November)
  2. Wii – 1.06 Million (a 55% drop from November)
  3. PS3 – 936 000 (a 22.6% drop from November)

So everyone was down last month which isn’t really a surprise as the December 2011 sales were the worst December figures since 2005; showing that the industry is in a horrible decline or more realistically that the recession is biting and we’re getting ready for a new generation.

Software

December 2011 sales chart

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC) – Activision Blizzard
  2. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)  – Ubisoft
  3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC) – Bethesda Softworks
  4. Mario Kart 7 (3DS) – Nintendo
  5. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC) – Electronic Arts
  6. Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2) – Electronic Arts
  7. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC) – Ubisoft
  8. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC) – Take 2 Interactive
  9. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) – Nintendo
  10. Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC) – Warner Bros. Interactive

So no surprises here with Call of Duty leading the pack, but it’s a great showing from Skyrim which I’m guessing is a result of its fantastic reviews and not the marketing machine. Also it’s good to see Battlefield 3 staying strong. I was, however, a little surprised to not see a single PS3 or Xbox 360 exclusive in the list. Does this mark the beginning of the end of the exclusive wars? Let’s take a look at the 2011 figures in total to find that out…

2011 Software sales

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC) – Activision Blizzard
  2. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3) – Ubisoft
  3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC) – Bethesda Softworks
  4. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC) – Electronic Arts
  5. Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2) – Electronic Arts
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) – Activision Blizzard
  7. Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC) – Warner Bros. Interactive
  8. Gears of War 3 (360) – Microsoft
  9. Just Dance 2 (Wii) – Ubisoft
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC)  – Ubisoft

As we can see there are only 2 exclusives in the top 10 with Gears of War 3 coming in at 8th spot and Just Dance 2 on the Wii at 9. But 3rd spot overall for Skyrim.. no wonder it got such a great review.

So there we have it according to North America. The best selling console with a lead of over 2.7 million units was the Xbox 360 followed by the PS3 and a Wii in a tie… never saw that one coming.

Last Updated: January 13, 2012

Gavin Mannion

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