Videogame sales slide in November as consoles drop again

|By:, SA News Editor

Total videogame sales tumbled in November, led again by a slip in console hardware, though the industry saw declines in every area, and titles faced a tough comp from last November.

Sales overall dropped 24% Y/Y to $1.97B, according to NPD Group, and as part of that, videogame hardware sales dropped 35% to $723.8M. Accessories sales dropped 6% to $259.8M.

Meanwhile, videogame software dropped 18% to $955.2M and PC game software dropped 28% to $27.5M. New titles had to compare to a solid top three from a year ago (Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront). This year's top three were Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (NASDAQ:ATVI), Battlefield 1 (NASDAQ:EA) and Pokémon: Sun (OTCPK:NTDOY).

"Battlefield 1 launched in October, and Pokémon: Sun launched at a lower MSRP than last November’s console games," NPD's Sam Naji notes. "As all titles outside of the top three grew a combined 12% vs. a year ago, it is the top three title grouping that drove the year-on-year decline."

Console declines were led by drops in PlayStation 4 (NYSE:SNE) and Xbox One (NASDAQ:MSFT). PlayStation 4 was again the top-selling hardware system. Nintendo scored by selling 196,000 units of its retro NES Classic Edition.

Individual games (ranked by dollar sales): Behind Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (ATVI), Battlefield 1 (EA) and Pokémon: Sun (OTCPK:NTDOY), Pokémon: Moon settled into fourth and Titanfall 2 (EA) into fifth.

Rounding out the top 10: NBA 2K17 (NASDAQ:TTWO); Madden NFL 17 (EA); Watch Dogs 2 (OTCPK:UBSFY); Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks); FIFA 17 (EA).

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