Video game sales for November rose 12 percent in November, led by strong Xbox 360 game sales and a slight increase for Playstation 2 titles, according to a new report.
Following a disappointing October, when video game sales fell by 1 percent from the same month a year ago, November saw Xbox 360 software sales for the month grow 136 percent compared to November 2005, according to market research firm NDP. Playstation 2 game sales rose 3 percent. Other platforms, including PC games, posted negative growth for the month.
The top selling game for the month was Final Fantasy XII for the PS2, followed by Gears of War for Xbox 360, and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for Nintendo Wii. The titles captured 3.8, 3.4, and 1.7 percent of all games sold respectively.
Playstation 2 captured 32 percent of all sales, followed by Xbox 360 at 19 percent. PC games came in third at 10 percent and Nintendo DS at 10 percent. Xbox and Gameboy Advance at 6 percent each rounded out the top five.
Shortages of Sony's next-generation Playstation 3 may have helped out sales of Sony's other platforms, the Playstation 2, and Playstation Portable. The Japanese electronics maker expected 400,000 Playstation 3 consoles to sell in the U.S., however NPD reported that only 196,000 were shipped.
As a result of the PS3's constrained supply, it appears people are looking toward other Sony products to purchase this holiday season.â€ Todd Mitchell, research analyst for Kaufman Bros. said.
The first full week of the holiday shopping season starting on November 26 saw a spike in game sales for Playstation systems compared to the previous week. PS2 game sales rose 117 percent and PSP sales shot up 281 percent, he noted. The PS2 sold 664,000 game units putting it in first place among all consoles.
Sony has been delivering additional Playstation 3 units since its launch and insists it is on target to ship 1 million by the end of the year.