NPD December 2013: Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts


Each month industry experts are given a report that details all of the consoles and software numbers sold from physical retail brick-and-mortar stores within the United States, which are then reported on by sites privileged with that sort of information. They are published from the NPD group.

This month’s Top 10 most sold software titles in the US:

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  2. Battlefield 4
  3. Just Dance 2014
  4. Madden NFL 25
  5. NBA 2K14
  6. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  9. FIFA 14
  10. Skylanders SWAP Force

2013’s Top 10 most sold software titles in the US:

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  3. Madden NFL 25
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  6. NBA 2K14
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  8. Just Dance 2014
  9. Minecraft (Xbox 360)
  10. Disney Infinity

Additionally, Xbox’s Major Nelson revealed that the Xbox One outsold the PS4 during the month of December, moving 908k units. The Xbox 360 also outsold the PS3, at over 643,000 sold. With that in mind, Sony announced that they are still the overall next-gen sales leaders from November 15th on. The demand just could not match the supply, to the point of selling every console put on store shelves.

Interesting to note is that all of the Top 10 games sold in both December and the entirety of 2013 are multi-platform games. Despite the critical success of Super Mario 3D World, Pokemon X & Y and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, there are no Nintendo-published games on either list. When you consider that the 3DS outsold all gaming devices in December/all of 2013 and that the Wii U had its best sales month, though, perhaps it’s not all doom and gloom.

To nobody’s surprise, Grand Theft Auto V came out on top as the highest-selling game of 2013. In fact, it may be on its way to be the highest-selling video game of all time. Kudos to Rockstar Games for making a truly inviting experience in the tail end of the 7th generation of gaming. I would say it was one of the best games of 2013, as well.

Now that the sales numbers are out there, we can finally put 2013 behind us. Onward and upward with a new generation of gaming!


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