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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

December 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Xbox extends lead, game industry sales flat

Microsoft’s Xbox continued to gain during November as the overall video game industry saw almost no growth, according to the monthly NPD Group report.

U.S. sales of video game hardware, accessories and physical game software grew 0.4 percent, to $3 billion, the firm reported.

Game hardware sales fell 9 percent and accessory sales fell 34 percent, but game software jumped 16 percent to post the biggest November gain on record.

NPD analyst Anita Frazier predicted that sales through December will be flat to down 3 percent.

Microsoft is skimming the cream, apparently.

November was the fourth consecutive month in which the Xbox 360 was the top-selling game system and the gap between the next best-selling platform “was the largest we’ve seen since December 2008, when the Nintendo DS was the top-selling system.”

Accessory sales showed a big decline because they had spiked the previous November, when the Kinect controller launched.

Nintendo chimed in with a release saying that its Wii console had its biggest Black Friday so far with more than 520,000 units sold. The company sold more than 2 million systems in November, including more than 795,000 3DS units.

It was the biggest month yet for the 3DS, which has now sold nearly 2.5 million units, Nintendo said in the release.

Here are the top physical games sold in November:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC)

Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC)

Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360)

Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2)

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3)

Saints Row: The Third (360, PS3, PC)

The Legend of Zelda: SkywardSword (WII)

Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC)

Frazier said “Modern Warfare 3” sales beat first-month sales of “Black Ops” last year by about 7 percent.

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