The NPD Group, the top game-industry research firm, has released its list of the top selling video game hardware for the month of November. Hardware sales totaled $1.05 billion for the month despite being down year-over-year by around 13 percent.
The month's most popular console was the Nintendo DS selling over 1.7 million units and overtaking both the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Sony's PlayStation 3 claimed the 4th spot on the list, selling over 710 thousand units.
"All hardware systems realized an increase over October but one would expect that from seasonality alone ," said NPD's Anita Frazier. "I was really impressed by the performance of the PS2, which after 109 months in market is still experiencing strong sales (Nov'09 unit sales of over 200K – only a small decline from last November).
"While there has been a lot of focus on Wii sales as compared to last year, the system was still the best-selling console system by a margin of 54 percent. At this same point in the PS2 lifecycle, the PS2 was down in unit sales by 23 percent over the previous year, but as history has shown, it continues to have a great deal of life left in it. So focusing on a comparison to Wii's stellar 2008 performance masks the reality of just how well this system is selling.
"The PS3 realized the greatest increase over last year's November sales and had its third best month in unit sales ever, coming in just under Decembers '07 and '08."
Full list is below.
- Nintendo DS – 1.70M
- Wii – 1.26M
- Xbox 360 – 819.5K
- PlayStation 3 – 710.4K
- PSP – 293.9K
- PlayStation 2 – 203.1K