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NPD Sales Results for November 2013 [Up3: Zelda, Pokemon, Mario, 3DS, Wii U]


Overall retail sales were up by 7% year over year.

Hardware sales were up by 58% year over year.

Software was down by 24% year over year.

Best November ever for hardware in the US due to the PS4/XB1 launches and a 3DS upturn.


-PS4 sold more next-gen software than other next-gen platforms.
-PS4 attach rate is higher than PS3 or PS2.

Nintendo Sales:
-Pokemon X and Y each sold over 225,000 digital + retail. (I think this mean they did over 450K total).
-Zelda 3DS: 280K (or 405K including bundles) combined digital and physical.
-Super Mario 3D World: 215,000 combined digital and physical.
-There's a bunch of percentage increases for legacy software, but we don't have numbers for those.


PlayStation 4: Top selling platform of the month.
Xbox One: 909,132 (Fastest selling: 101,000 per day) [Second best selling platform of the month.]
3DS Estimate: 770K [November 2012 was 540K, November 2011 was 795K]
Xbox 360: 647K (-48.7%)
Wii U: 220K

-3DS YTD sales are up 15% over last year.

Here is how the Dreamcast performed historically since I'm sure people will ask for Wii U and Vita:

245K (Dreamcast, November 1999)
192K (Dreamcast, November 2000)
259K (Dreamcast, November 2001)
Wii U calculations:

Sales of Wii U hardware increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October.

Remember guys:

50K < Wii U < 50.5K last month.

Other Info:


Callahan called attach rates of software to hardware &#8220;strong,&#8221; with PS4 attach rates &#8220;exceeding those of the launch months of both the PS3 and the PS2.&#8221;

He added that PS4 &#8220;led U.S. hardware sales for the month, and marked the highest first month sales of a hardware platform on record.&#8221;

&#8220;when looking at sales on an average per-week basis, Xbox One led PS4. Keep in mind, however, that supply typically becomes constrained in the second week after launch.&#8221; He added that Xbox One was the &#8220;second highest selling platform for the month, which marked the largest launch for a Microsoft console.&#8221;​

PS4 sold between 909k and 1.6 million...
Nintendo Hardware Sales Increase by 100 Percent, Nintendo 3DS Surpasses 10 Million

Two games that are among the best reviewed of 2013 launched on Nov. 22: Super Mario 3D World for Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. The strong response to these games helped sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November increase by 100 percent over the month prior. This includes nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family, which drove the lifetime total past 10 million to nearly 10.5 million units. Other sales milestones achieved for the month include:

Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y each sold more than 225,000 combined digital and physical units in their second month on the market. This brought the combined life-to-date total to more than 2.35 million units. On Dec. 4, Nintendo revealed special edition Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Nintendo 2DS bundles that should keep the games&#8217; momentum going through the holidays and into 2014.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the sixth Nintendo 3DS title to have a Metacritic score of 90 or higher, sold more than 280,000 combined digital and physical units. That figure jumps to more than 405,000 total units when including the special edition Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS XL system, which comes with a code to download the game.

A handful of first-party Nintendo 3DS titles saw triple-digit sales percentage increases in November over sales in October. This includes standout 2013 titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (seventh month on market; 140 percent increase) and Luigi&#8217;s Mansion: Dark Moon (ninth month; 105 percent increase), and legacy titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star (13th month; 280 percent increase), Mario Kart 7 (23rd month; 130 percent increase) and Super Mario 3D Land (24th month; 235 percent increase).
Wii U

Sales of Wii U hardware increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October.

Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, currently the highest-rated next-generation title with a Metacritic score of 94, sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market.

&#8220;This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety,&#8221; said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America&#8217;s executive vice president of sales and marketing. &#8220;In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever.&#8221;

*Data regarding physical sales of games in November are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo&#8217;s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.


Junior Ace
Jun 9, 2004
Holy crap at CoD PS4 > Xbone.

And of course Mario wouldn't beat EVERY version of FIFA combined. Get real.


Nov 13, 2011
Hmm interesting platform ordering for software.

Skylanders and Just Dance XBO>PS4.

While Ass Creed and 2K14 XBO less than PS3.

Mory Dunz

Jun 12, 2012
Was about to freak about no Mario....

But actually...
with Next gen and FIFA being number 10...

The Technomancer

card-carrying scientician
Jun 18, 2009
Wow, Pokemon dropped out fast. Although to be fair everything else on there was released on like five different platforms

GSG Flash

Nobody ruins my family vacation but me...and maybe the boy!
Jul 7, 2004
I wanna see numbersssss

NPD is so boring without numbers
Jun 27, 2010
Not a single next gen exclusive title in the top ten....

Damn, expected at least Dead Rising 3 and KZ: Shadowfall to be there...


Sep 2, 2013
900k for X1? Very good numbers, dat availability was key. Good they focused on few territories.

PS4 - I expect 1.5m!

Cake Boss

Dec 17, 2011
In fact, the PlayStation 4 versions of Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, and FIFA 14 outsold their Xbox One counterparts. Only Just Dance 2014 and Skylanders: Swap Force sold better on Xbox One than PS4.

The PS4 versions of Assassin’s Creed IV and NBA 2K14 even outsold the PlayStation 3 versions.


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Mar 10, 2005
Well done MS and Sony.