360 – 1,700,000
PS3 – 900,000
Wii – 860,000
3DS – 795,000
NDS – 350,000
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3* – approximately 9,000,000
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
3. Battlefield 3*
4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – approximately 1,260,000
5. Just Dance 3
6. Madden NFL 12*
7. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception* – 700,000
8. Saint’s Row: the Third*
9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword*
10. Batman: Arkham City*
*Includes all versions of the game except those bundled with hardware.
^Bolded items indicate Nintendo exclusives.
Here’s an additional number: Super Mario 3D Land, a 3DS exclusive, sold 625,000 copies last month, putting it a little below the sales of Skyward Sword, and SM3DL had a one-week advantage. Both games, however, managed to make the list of the top ten best-selling individual SKUs.
At first I was a bit disappointed that Skyward Sword wasn’t higher on the list, but it was released near the end of the month, which makes it harder to compete. I wonder if that game will continue to sell as strongly through December.
Overall sales last month were $3 billion, which is a record high for the industry. Interestingly, PC gaming only made up $70 million of that number, which seems like a very small amount. Apparently Steam doesn’t release sales data, though, so that number probably doesn’t reflect overall PC sales that well.