Hey, guess what. November broke records, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was obviously the catalyst. …not shocked in the least, are you?

The November NPD numbers have arrived and it turned out to be the largest November in gaming history.

US game retail sales hit $3 billion for the month, which just barely beat out last year's performance. Software sales were up 16% to $1.74 billion, although hardware sales fell 9% to $982.4 million), and accessory sales fell 34% to $273.8 million (just remember that Microsoft launched Kinect in November 2010). Modern Warfare 3 predictably claimed the top software spot, beating last year's Black Ops by 7%. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim came in a strong second and in fact, sold nearly as many copies in its first month as its predecessor, Oblivion , sold lifetime. Pretty darn impressive.

Battlefield 3 came in third, followed by Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Just Dance 3 . For the record, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception dropped into 7th position, which isn't bad, as it topped the only other exclusive on the top 10 list, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword .

And here's Sony's monthly statement from SCEA Sr. Director of Corporate Communications, Patrick Seybold:

"PlayStation 3 is off to a phenomenal start to the holiday season, recording the best ever Black Friday sales period in the console's five-year history. According to the November NPD report the PS3 saw a 70% increase in hardware and a 30% increase in software year-over-year. Consumer demand has been very strong for our holiday bundles and for recent first and third party blockbuster titles such as UNCHARTED 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. We're excited that millions of people are joining the PlayStation community and realizing its incredible entertainment value across games, movies, TV, music, and more."

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OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
10 years ago

It really is amazing this.

I am a fan of MW3, but to see games like ACR sell less than it are just mesmerising.

Matter of personal tastes I suppose.

firesoul453
firesoul453
10 years ago

Sometimes I feel like the only one who didn't buy MW3

sirbob6
sirbob6
10 years ago

I am with you on that one. Never touched Black Ops either.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
10 years ago

I haven't touched it since the first MW. Haven't missed playing it either.

firesoul453
firesoul453
10 years ago

I've played MW3 black ops and battlefield 3, and in terms of multilayer fun I like black ops better than MW3 and battlefield 3, but battlefield 3 is a nice alternative to the standard COD model.

But single player adventure games forever!!!

Undertaker575
Undertaker575
10 years ago

i just don't know if call of repetitiveness deserves that kind of sales, sure its a great game, but after playing call of duty 4 for such a large amount of time, it just destroyed my hunger for any other cod. For Call of Duty to earn my respect and playtime back one year will need to be taken off their constant one a year releases, but then again why do that if they are getting amazing sales like this.

ulsterscot
ulsterscot
10 years ago

I was really enjoying it – but now the sheer amount of campers is really starting to piss me off and ruin the game. Went back to BLOPS for a bit – not the same amount of campers.

Need bigger maps and less campers.

At least the maps don't suit snipers – who i probably detest more …

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
10 years ago

Still BF3 got increased market share…

…not.

Kingharris
Kingharris
10 years ago

Still prefer that COD sells 20 million copies and there is industry growth, it benefits everyone

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
10 years ago

exactly.