As widely expected, Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 moved over 6 million copies in the U.S. last month on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, making the first-person shooter November's best selling video game.
Settling for third, behind the two versions of Modern Warfare 2, was Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which managed 1.39 million copies. Nintendo's latest Mario adventure for the Wii did so with five fewer days on U.S. store shelves.
Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed II came closest to reaching New Super Mario Bros. Wii, with 794,700 units on the 360, 448,400 on the PS3. Combined, Assassin's Creed II came even closer, with 1,243,100 copies sold across both platforms.
The Xbox 360 and Wii tied for the number of top ten games appearing on each platform. The Xbox 360 scored top showings with Left 4 Dead 2 and Dragon Age: Origins, with Wii bestsellers Mario Kart Wii, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort continuing to score big figures.
The full top ten, according to the NPD Group is as follows.
01. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) - 4,200,000 02. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) - 1,870,000 03. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 1,390,000 04. Assassin's Creed II (Xbox 360) - 794,700 05. Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) - 744,000 06. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 720,200 07. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - 679,000 08. Assassin's Creed II (PS3) - 448,400 09. Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360) - 362,100 10. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 315,000
Total software sales were a relatively healthy $US1.406B, down just 3.1% from the November prior. Thanks, Modern Warfare 2.
"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has achieved the top spot for first-month sales of any game at the title level," says Anita Frazier, NPD analyst. "Halo 3 previously held the spot when it sold 3.3 million units in September '07 in 12 days at retail. MW2 bested Halo 3's daily sales rate by 16% in its 19 days at retail in November.""
"While this year's top-selling item bested last year's by 283%, it couldn't make up for softness elsewhere. The top 50 games this year sold 5% less units than did the top 50 last year."