After conquering the console sales charts in September, and maintaining an edge over the Xbox 360 in October, the PS3 slipped back below the Xbox 360 and Nintendo, according to the recently-released NPD sales figures.
Nintendo once again asserted its dominance by selling almost 3 million systems between the Wii and DS. Sony's biggest woes came in the form of the PSP, which couldn't even manage to top 300,000 in sales during the year's busiest month. Sony does have a few spots of silver lining to point to, as the PS3 was the only console to see sales growth when compared to last November, and the PS2 continues to rack up impressive numbers for a system that has been around for over nine years.
Here are the system rankings for November.
1: Nintendo DS--1,700,000
2: Nintendo Wii--1,260,000
3: Microsoft Xbox 360--819,500
4: Sony PlayStation 3--710,400
5: Sony PSP--293,900
6: Sony PlayStation 2--203,100
On the software side, the top two titles were no surprise, as Modern Warfare 2 sold over six million copies on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in its first 18 days of availability (PC sales figures have not been released yet). The fact that the game sold more than twice the amount of Xbox 360 copies versus the PlayStation 3 version may have been one of the bigger factors for the Xbox 360's console sales surging ahead.
Assassin's Creed 2, on the other hand, was a bit of a closer race between the two versions, as the Xbox 360 version sold almost 800,000 units versus the PS3, which sold nearly 450,000. The Wii managed to nab four slots on the top ten, with New Super Mario Bros. Wii debuting in third place with 1.39 million units sold, and Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit, and Mario Kart all continuing their steady sales.
Other notable debuts include Left 4 Dead 2 in fifth place, and the Xbox 360 version of Dragon Age: Origins, which came in ninth. Here are the top ten selling console games for November:
1: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2--Xbox 360--4,200,000
2: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2--PS3--1,870,000
3: New Super Mario Bros. Wii--Wii--1,390,000
4: Assassin's Creed 2--Xbox 360--794,700
5: Left 4 Dead 2--Xbox 360--744,000
6: Wii Sports Resort--Wii--720,200
7: Wii Fit Plus--Wii--679,000
8: Assassin's Creed 2--PS3--448,000
9: Dragon Age: Origins--Xbox 360--362,100
10: Mario Kart Wii--Wii--315,000
The rest of the top 20 will revealed soon, as will the PC sales chart.
This story, "Xbox 360 Outsells PS3, Modern Warfare 2 Rules" was originally published by GamePro.