November is always a big month in gaming, and this year was no different. The NPD results for the US - which present a limited but still interesting snapshot of the industry - reflect this, though notably revenues for November were down across the board compared to 2015.
Nevertheless, there was positive news for Nintendo of America. For starters, some numbers add context to the statistic that Pokémon Sun and Moon represent the strongest launch the series has ever had in the US, surpassing Pokémon Black and White. You can see the November software top 10 below, but it doesn't tell the full story; eShop sales aren't included (whereas some PS Store and Xbox One downloads are counted) and combining the two Pokémon releases together would put them at number one.
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Battlefield 1
- Pokémon Sun
- Pokémon Moon
- Titanfall 2
- NBA 2K17
- Madden NFL 17
- Watch Dogs 2
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- FIFA 17
As reported by Venturebeat, Sun and Moon's physical retail sales beat those of Black and White by 8% despite having 19 days less to sell in their launch month. Amazingly, those Pokémon sales helped the 3DS have its best-selling month (in the US) in physical software ever, beating December 2014 by 1%.
3DS hardware sales also saw a big increase, with a number of players evidently picking up systems for playing Sun and Moon, while it should also be noted that $99.99 small New Nintendo 3DS models sold out fast during Black Friday. System sales of the portable were up 59% over November 2015, and it was the sixth month in a row of year-on-year growth; it should be noted that Pokémon GO helped kickstart this by boosting interest in older Pokémon titles during the Summer.
In news that's sure to cause both happiness and annoyance, the NES Classic Edition led in retro consoles and shifted 196,000 units in the US in November; naturally that number could have been higher if demand had been met. Although some small numbers of restocks have appeared on occasion in December, supplies ahead of the Holidays have still been an issue with the system. Those problems aside, that's a strong number of sales for the little retro box.
November brought plenty of good news for Nintendo, then. Let us know what you think of these US sales in the comment.