NPD: Xbox One beats PS4 in December sales, 3DS comes out on top

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The NPD numbers are out for December, and while there are plenty of caveats that we can point out, the reality is that Xbox One beat the PS4 in December sales. However, there was an even bigger winner – not just for December but for all of 2013.

The NPD measures new physical retail sales – this is important because used game and console sales don’t count towards these numbers. Additionally, when looking at game sales figures, they also only include individual units sold – not those included in bundles.

In the December sales period, Xbox One beat the PS4; however, if you combine November and December, PS4 is the best-selling next new generation console. That said, while both consoles have had fantastic launches, the 3DS still beat them – not just for December, but for 2013 in general. The Wii U also saw positive sales in December with the highest month for unit sales so far. Well done Nintendo!

So, we know the consoles people were buying, but what were they playing? Here are the top 10 games in December. Keep in mind these are new physical retail sales only.

  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC, NWU)
  • Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)

Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)

  • Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO)
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWU)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, XBO, PS4, NWU, PSV, PC)
  • FIFA 14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PSV)
  • Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS, XBO, PS4)

 

But wait, there’s more! Using the same parameters, here are the best-selling games of 2013 as a whole:

  • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC, NWU)
  • Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO)
  • Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWU)
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, NWU, PC)
  • Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)
  • Minecraft (360)
  • Disney Infinity (360, WII, PS3, NWU, 3DS)

Can you believe it – two Call of Duty games were best-sellers in 2013. Say what you will about COD, people still buy it in droves. Meanwhile, I’m impressed with the Minecraft sales – that’s just the people buying it on Xbox 360 – think of their sales across PC, console and mobile versions. Insanity! Finally, it seems that Disney Infinity beat out Skylanders in 2013 – will it become the new leader in action-figure-comes-alive-video-gaming?

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Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

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