Saturday, 12 December 2009
Modern Warfare 2 dominated the charts, occupying the number 1 and 2 spots on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 respectively, whilst New Super Mario Bros. Wii jumped into the charts at number 3, the Xbox 360 version of Assassin’s Creed II hangs in at number 4 and Left 4 Dead 2 shifted enough copies to secure fifth place.
NPD confirmed that Modern Warfare 2 is now the fastest selling videogame in terms of sales during its first month of release. As NPD analyst Anita Frazier pointed out, “Halo 3 previously held the spot when it sold 3.3 million units in September ’07 in 12 days at retail. MW2 bested Halo 3’s daily sales rate by 16% in its 19 days at retail in November.”
A year previous, Gear of War 2 had been the best seller as an Xbox 360 exclusive, and the previous title in the Call of Duty series, World at War, was at number 2. Mario Kart Wii was riding high at fifth place, an impressive achievement considering its release seven months earlier in April. Even now, it maintains a presence in the November 2009 chart at number 10 with 315,000 units sold during the month. Presumably there can’t be many Americans left who want Mario Kart Wii or a Wii console and don’t yet have it – but though sales for both have dropped off, the Wii is still the best-selling home console of the month, year, and the current generation of hardware.
Top 10 Best Selling Videogames, USA, November 2009
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360): 4.20 million units
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3): 1.87m
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii): 1.39m
4. Assassin’s Creed II (360): 794.7k
5. Left 4 Dead 2 (360): 744k
6. Wii Sports Resort (Wii): 720.2k
7. Wii Fit Plus (Wii): 679k
8. Assassin’s Creed II (PS3): 448.4k
9. Dragon Age: Origins (360): 362.1k
10. Mario Kart with Wii Wheel (Wii): 315k
Source: NPD Group