Game Sales Jump

The video game industry is looking hale and hearty, according to newly released NPD Group sales figures. Despite a souring economy, North American game sales for November 2008 are 10% higher than November 2007 -- an impressive achievement.

Saying that "all three of the newer generation console systems have something to brag about," NPD analyst Anita Frazier reports robust November game sales for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. In fact, game sales were up 10% over November 2007, itself a hugely successful month.

Hardware sales were strong, too. The Wii and DS, of course, continued their domination of the sales charts. But the Xbox 360 showed strong sales, and even the PlayStation 3 hardware sales are up 60% year-to-date.

Translation? Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony are all performing well. This fact led NPD analyst Frazier to proclaim that "it's clear there can be more multiple victors this generation." Frazier added that price was still a "strong factor" for console sales, but that "the most important factor [for 2009] will be the line-up of compelling games that will keep consumers involved in the industry."

Full figures are below.

The 10 best-selling games for November 2008, according to the NPD Group's sales figures:

-- 1. Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360) -- 1.56 million

-- 2. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360) -- 1.41 million

-- 3. Wii Play W/ Remote (Wii) -- 796,000

-- 4. Wii Fit (Wii) -- 697,000

-- 5. Mario Kart (Wii) -- 637,000

-- 6. Call of Duty: World at War (PS3) -- 597,000

-- 7. Guitar Hero: World Tour (Wii) -- 475,000

-- 8. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360) -- 410,000

-- 9. Resistance 2 (PS3) -- 385,000

-- 10 Wii Music (Wii) -- 297,000

The top-selling game consoles for November 2008, according to the NPD:

-- 1. Wii -- 2.04 million

-- 2. Nintendo DS -- 1.56 million

-- 3. Xbox 360 -- 836,000

-- 4. PSP -- 421,000

-- 5. PlayStation 3 -- 378,000

-- 6. PlayStation 2 -- 206,000

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