The NPD Group has announced that the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US during November 2021. Not only that, but the console remains the US’ best-selling console of 2021.
In the analyst group’s latest data, the Switch was reported as being the best-selling hardware platform in November, both in terms of units sold and dollars spent. 1.13 million consoles were sold during the month, with 550,000 of them sold during Thanksgiving week.
This comes despite a colossal year-on-year decline for hardware sales; November hardware spending is down 38%, to $883m. This is the lowest total since November 2016. This is blamed on a lack of available console inventory, which is a symptom of the ongoing chip shortages.
Senior analyst at Niko Partners, Daniel Ahmad, notes that the PS5 and Xbox sales combined barely equals what Switch has sold in total, and that total sales of PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U back in November 2014 were higher than Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series consoles this November.
If you want to know how bad the supply situation is:
– The Switch sold less than November last year
– PS5 + Xbox barely = what Switch sold in total
– The PS4, XB1 and Wii U (yes Wii U) sold more in Nov 2014 than Switch + PS5 + Xbox Series in Nov 2021. https://t.co/pX6rpKb8Nk
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) December 13, 2021
As for games, Call of Duty: Vanguard was November’s best-selling game in the US, and has become the second-best selling game of the year. It’s second only to its predecessor, 2020’s Black Ops Cold War, which has been the biggest game of the year in the US. NDP’s analysis notes that this is the fourteenth year Call of Duty has been the best-selling game in its release month.
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