NPD November 2015: PS4 is back on top and Call of Duty reigns

With November proving to usually be one of biggest months for video game purchases, the NPD numbers from the month should be just as large. But with Black Friday providing a multitude of discounts, sales, and bundles this season, who would come out on top?

According to a post on Gamespot from The NPD Group, the Playstation 4 has taken the position as the top-selling console for November 2015, overtaking the Xbox One, who was the previous top seller back in October 2015. With the surplus of holiday bundles and discounts from both Microsoft and Sony this month, as well as both companies touting their best sales numbers from Black Friday, it looked pretty difficult who would come out as the leader, but it looks like Sony was able to reclaim the top spot on the boards. A statement from Sony marketing boss Eric Lempel said the following:

“PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console in the United States during the month of November, according to NPD. We have hit several key milestones over the last few weeks. Prior to Black Friday, we announced we have sold through more than 30.2 million PS4s to consumers around the world and that PS4 continues to exhibit the fastest growth in PlayStation hardware history. In addition, Black Friday sales were the strongest in PlayStation history demonstrating more people game now than ever before. We are also pleased to announce November was the biggest month ever for PlayStation Store indicating a strong digital marketplace complementing healthy retail sales.”

Looking at software sales for the month, some expected shifts occurred, especially with the influx of new releases from throughout November. As most people would have guessed, Call of Duty: Black Ops III came out as the top game for the month, followed by Fallout 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront. In a statement from Activision senior VP Rob Kostich, he said the following:

“Black Ops III was the largest release in North America in November by a wide-margin in both units and dollars sold-thru," said Call of Duty SVP and GM Rob Kostich. According to NPD, Call of Duty also was the largest release of any title in North America since 2013, based on physical units sold at retail in its launch month. There’s tremendous momentum for Call of Duty this holiday. Both retail and digital sales are up significantly versus the same time last year. And our community has responded enthusiastically, driving engagement to new franchise highs on next gen consoles in its first month of release."

The chart does only report physical retail software sales, so digital sales and bundled software is not included in the listing, which is something to take into account when reading through. The full software sales chart is shown below:

Top Selling Software Sales for November 2015:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)

  2. Fallout 4 (PS4, XBO, PC)

  3. Star Wars Battlefront (PS4, XBO, PC)

  4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)

  5. NBA 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)

  6. FIFA 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)

  7. Need for Speed (PS4, XBO)

  8. Halo 5: Guardians (XBO)

  9. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PS4, XBO, PC)

  10. Just Dance 2016 (Wii, NWU, 360, XBO, PS4, PS3)


Sports titles like Madden NFL 16 and NBA 2K16 still look to be big hits, especially this holiday season, but can also be a bit surprising, considering many of the other titles that have released within the last few months, including Mad Max, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Destiny: The Taken King. Also, one notable exception from the charts this month is Rise of the Tomb Raider, which released on November 10 to near universal acclaim and high praise from critics. One of the areas that may have hurt it (besides releasing concurrently with Fallout 4, arguably one of the most anticipated titles of the year), may have been its’ exclusive deal with Microsoft and the Xbox One for this holiday season.

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