NPD data for November 2016 has been released, where we find out which software and hardware had been the best-selling in the United States. This month, the Playstation 4 was the top-selling hardware, snapping the 4-month streak set by the Xbox One. However, Pokemon has helped Nintendo get into the top 10 software list once more. And Pokemon Go may have been a contributor to this. When the app was released, according to VentureBeat, it re-energized that fan base and many dormant Poképlayers bought 3DS handhelds specifically to purchase Sun and Moon. Nintendo had confirmed that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon fastest-selling game ever in the franchise’s near 20-year history. In fact, it sold 8% more units than Pokémon Black/White, which previously held that title. And all this happened with Pokemon Sun/Moon having 19 fewer days in market during the month. Not only did this surge help Pokemon, but the 3DS too. The 3DS experienced its highest monthly physical software spending in platform’s history, 1% higher than the handheld’s previous high in December 2014. Unit sales of 3DS hardware grew 59% versus November a year ago, the sixth straight month of year-on-year growth. As for the NES Classic Edition, it sold 196,000 units in its debut month.
As for the actual top 10 software list, we’ve included it down below.
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision)
- Battlefield 1 (Electronic Arts)
- Pokémon Sun* (Nintendo)
- Pokémon Moon* (Nintendo)
- Titanfall 2 (Electronic Arts)
- NBA 2K17 (Electronic Arts)
- Madden NFL 17 (Electronic Arts)
- Watch Dogs 2 (Ubisoft)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim* (Bethesda)
- FIFA 17 (Electronic Arts)
* Does not include digital sales.