Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group has announced the bestselling games for November 2020. The list includes various titles, with the top five spots monopolized by familiar video game franchises. As anticipated, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is the bestselling game for the month, followed closely by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Madden NFL 21, and NBA 2K21.
Piscatella also mentioned that a Call of Duty title has always been a bestseller during its release month every year since 2007. The last time Call of Duty wasn’t a bestseller during its release month, it was defeated by another Activision title in the form of Guitar Hero 3 Legends of Rock back in 2007. Regardless, Activision has been extremely successful in the gaming industry for more than a decade now and is showing no signs of slowing down.
The rest of the top 10 bestselling games consists of Demon’s Souls, FIFA21, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Watch Dogs Legion, Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity. Out of the top ten bestselling titles for November, only three games are absolute exclusives for their platforms which are Demon’s Souls, Animal Crossing, and Hyrule Warriors.
US NPD SW – Just Dance 2021 debuted at number 13 on the November best-sellers chart. Launch month sales of Just Dance 2021 were the second highest in franchise history. Only Just Dance 3, launched in October 2011, experienced a larger launch.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) December 11, 2020
In the meantime, the 11th to 20th bestselling games on the NPD list are massively controlled by Nintendo titles such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which has proven that it has some remarkable lingering mojo. It is joined by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Home Circuit, Mario Kart Live, Luigi’s Mansion 3, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a similar lingering mojo as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and with a new update still being added to the game, it might keep making sales chart debuts for a long time. Just yesterday, it was confirmed Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7 is arriving in the game as its next DLC character sometime later this December.
Non-Nintendo titles in the bestselling list are Just Dance 2021, Marvel’s Avengers, Mortal Kombat 11, and Ghost of Tsushima which took the 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th spots, respectively. Out of these games, one of the most intriguing games to see it make the bestselling list is Marvel’s Avengers, as the title’s sales have been struggling badly in the past few months.
While it has been recorded that it has sold millions of copies worldwide, Marvel’s Avengers has not made back the funds Square Enix invested to develop the game just yet and has consistently had problems keeping its community engaged. Perhaps the upcoming Kate Bishop DLC will get some bored players to come back to the coop title, but that remains to be seen.