November 2021 NPD: Elusive new-gen consoles drag down industry sales

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According to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, sales of the video game business in the United States declined in November due to a shortage of hardware in the supply chain. But sales in all categories fell as software, hardware and accessories faced stiff competition during the busy 2020 holiday season.

November 2021 sales of millions, millions November 2020 November 2021 Change
Total sales of video games 6,961 6,279 -10%
Video game content (physical and digital full game, DLC / MTX and subscription subscription costs across console, cloud, mobile *, portable, PC and VR platforms) 5,213 5,138 -1%
Video Game Hardware 1,424 $ 883 -38%
Video Game Accessories 324 $ 258 -20%
* Mobile charges provided by the sensor tower

“November 2021 Consumer spending on video game hardware, content and accessories fell 10% to $ 6.3 billion from a year earlier,” said NPD analyst Matt Pisketella. “Year-to-date consumer spending totals $ 52.9 billion, an increase of 9% over the same period in 2020.”

Year-to-date 2021 dollar sales, millions YTD 2020 YTD 2021 Change
Total sales of video games 48,493 52,944 9%
Video game content (physical and digital full game, DLC / MTX and subscription subscription costs across console, cloud, mobile *, portable, PC and VR platforms) 42,436 46,004 8%
Video Game Hardware 3,969 4,764 20%
Video Game Accessories 2,089 2,175 4%
* Mobile charges provided by the sensor tower

Again, the hardware major decline in total revenue in November. Pisketella blames a lack of supply for this error.

“November video game hardware dollar sales fell 38% to $ 883 million compared to November 2020,” Pisketella said. “November hardware costs fell to its lowest total since November 2016, 759 million, due to a lack of available console inventory.”

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Thanks to its more mature manufacturing pipeline, Nintendo’s Switch sold more than competed in both dollars and units. It is the best-selling console so far this year.

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November 2021 NPD: Top 20 best-selling games of the month in the United States

NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but also receives digital data directly from publishers. Not every company participates. For example, Nintendo does not share its first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not offer its Battle.net sales.

Order Rank last month November 2021 Top 20 games (physical and full game digital from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam and Xbox platforms for publishers in the digital leader panel ranking on dollar sales) Publisher
1 New Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 New Battlefield 2042 Electronic Arts
3 New Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl * Nintendo
4 New Forza Horizon 5 Microsoft (Corp)
5 4 Madden NFL22 Electronic Arts
6 8 Mario Party Superstars * Nintendo
7 7 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Square Enix Inc. (Corp.)
8 6 FIFA 22 Electronic Arts
9 1 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
10 10 NBA 2K22 * 2 Interactive Law (Corp)
11 New Just Dance 2022 Ubisoft
12 11 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
13 17 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
14 15 Animal Crossing: New Horizons * Nintendo
15 2 4 blood in the back Warner Bros. Interactive
16 New Shin Megami Tensi Vs. Atlas
17 16 Minecraft Multiple video game makers
18 20 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild * Nintendo
19 14 Super Smash Bros. Final * Nintendo
20 13 Ghost of Sushima Sony (Corp)
* Digital sales are not included

The top of the monthly sales chart turned out to be about how everyone expects. Pisketella has more to say about those games. In addition to the top 5, it is worth noting that the Guardians of the Galaxy no. For the second month in a row 7. However, this meant that the game fell short of Square Enix’s expectations.

Metroid Dread, meanwhile, dropped out of the top 20 altogether. You can also see below that it has dropped out of the top 10 for switch games. Pisketella confirmed on Twitter that he was no. In that list 11. Nintendo games are considered only physical.

Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty is once again at the top of the charts in the month it debuted. But it did not immediately reach the top of the best-selling games so far this year – previous Call of Duty games have done something.

“Call of Duty: Vanguard debuted as the best-selling game of November, becoming the 2nd best-selling game of 2021 so far – only Call of Duty: Black Ops lags behind the Cold War,” Pisketella said. “This is the 14th consecutive year that Call of Duty Game has been ranked as the best-selling game of its release month.”

Battlefield 2042

“Launched as Battlefield 2042. November 2nd best-selling game, which ranks as the 6th best-selling game of the year to date, “said Pisketella. “Battlefield 2042 was November 2nd best-selling game on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms.”

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 has already made headlines to attract more than 10 million players. And it turns out that it wasn’t just because of the Xbox game pass. Playground Games Racer has created enough buzz to set a new franchise record.

“Forza Horizon 5 set a new Forza franchise launch month sales record – including both Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport titles – while ranking as the 4th best-selling game of November 2021,” Pisketella said. “Forza Horizon was number 5. 3 best-selling games of the month on the Xbox platform. “

Shin Megami Tensi Vs.

“The Shin Megami Tensei V achieved the highest dollar sales in launch month than any Shin Megami Tensei title in history,” Pisketella said. “Shin Megami Tensei V ranks 16th best-selling game of November 2021, while Nintendo ranks 6th on platforms.”

Top 10 best-selling games ever in 2021

Order Rank last month Top 10 games of the year-to-date ending November 2021 (physical and full game digital from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam and Xbox platforms for publishers in the digital leader panel ranked digital) on dollar sales Publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops: The Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 New Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
3 2 Madden NFL22 Electronic Arts
4 3 MLB: The Show 21 Sony (Corp)
5 4 Resident Evil: Village Capcom USA
6 New Battlefield 2042 Electronic Arts
7 5 Super Mario 3D World * Nintendo
8 New Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl * Nintendo
9 6 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
10 8 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
* Digital sales are not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

Order Rank last month Top 10 games of the 12 months ending November 2021 (physical and full game digital from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam and Xbox platforms for publishers in the digital leader panel ranked digital) Publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops: The Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 New Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
3 4 Madden NFL22 Electronic Arts
4 3 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
5 5 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
6 2 Sect of Assassins: Valhalla Ubisoft
7 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons * Nintendo
8 9 MLB: The Show 21 Sony (Corp)
9 10 Resident Evil: Village Capcom USA
10 New Battlefield 2042 Electronic Arts
* Digital sales are not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included

November 2021 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Nintendo-Platform games in the US

Order Rank last month November 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for Publishers in Digital Leader Panel) Ranking on Dollar Sales Publisher
1 New Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl * Nintendo
2 2 Mario Party Superstars * Nintendo
3 3 Mario Kart 8 * Nintendo
4 New Just Dance 2022 Ubisoft
5 5 Animal Crossing: New Horizons * Nintendo
6 New Shin Megami Tense V * Atlas
7 6 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild * Nintendo
8 4 Super Smash Bros. Final * Nintendo
9 10 New Super Mario Bros. * Nintendo
10 22 Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit * Nintendo
* Digital sales are not included

November 2021 NPD: Top 10 best-selling PlayStation-platform game in the US

Order Rank last month November 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for Publishers in Digital Leader Panel) Ranking on Dollar Sales Publisher
1 New Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 New Battlefield 2042 Electronic Arts
3 3 Madden NFL22 Electronic Arts
4 6 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Square Enix Inc. (Corp.)
5 10 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
6 4 FIFA 22 Electronic Arts
7 1 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
8 8 NBA 2K22 * 2 Interactive Law (Corp)
9 9 Ghost of Sushima Sony (Corp)
10 2 4 blood in the back Warner Bros. Interactive
* Digital sales are not included

November 2021 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Xbox-platform games in the US

Order Rank last month November 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for Publishers in Digital Leader Panel) Ranking on Dollar Sales Publisher
1 New Call of Duty: Vanguard Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 New Battlefield 2042 Electronic Arts
3 New Forza Horizon 5 Microsoft (Corp)
4 3 Madden NFL22 Electronic Arts
5 1 Far Cry 6 Ubisoft
6 8 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Square Enix Inc. (Corp.)
7 4 FIFA 22 Electronic Arts
8 9 NBA 2K22 * 2 Interactive Law (Corp)
9 7 Call of Duty: Black Ops: The Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
10 6 NHL 22 Electronic Arts
* Digital sales are not included

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