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Aim. Fire. Maintain stealth.
First-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare repeats its position as the best-selling game of November and that of the year-to-date, according to a new report from industry analysts at Nielsen’s NPD Group.
The next game with highest sales is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which also achieved the highest launch month dollar sales for a Respawn Entertainment title in U.S. history.
Hideo Kojima’s action-adventure title Death Stranding, which won best game direction at the Game Awards on Thursday, ranks in the third position of best-selling Playstation 4 titles in November.
Statistics indicate that overall video game spending in the U.S. totaled $2.3 billion in November, a 19 percent decline from a year ago. Year-to-date spending has dropped to $11.6 billion, a 12 percent decrease from 2018.
Software sales, including physical and digital games — which have been the main source of revenue all year — declined 14 percent in November, to $926 million. Meanwhile, year-to-date software sales have fallen 8 percent to $5.4 billion.
Hardware sales have also seen a decline of 26 percent when compared with last year, landing at $891 million. In the year-to-date, hardware sales sit at $2.9 billion, which is a 24 percent decrease from this time last year.
The Nintendo Switch remains the top-selling hardware platform of November, with Pokemon Sword, Pokemon Shield and Luigi’s Mansion 3 claiming the top three spots in November dollar sales for console software.
The Switch, with its ability to perform as a portable device or permanent home setup, remains the best-selling platform of 2019.