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Switch Outsells PS4 and Xbox One in the US in November, Pokemon Sets Franchise Record

Switch Outsells PS4 and Xbox One in the US in November, Pokemon Sets Franchise Record - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 December 2019 / 3,966 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US in November 2019 and remains the best-selling console for 2019, according to figures from NPD. Sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are on the decline as they are now six years old. 

Overall spending on hardware dropped 26 percent year-on-year to $891 million, while spending on software dropped 14 percent to $926 million. Overall spending on video games fell 10 percent to $2.25 billion.

"November 2019 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards totaled $2.3 billion, declining 19 percent when compared to a year ago," said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. "Year-to-date spending has fallen 12 percent when compared to 2018, to $11.6 billion."

"Total November 2019 spending on Accessories and Game Cards fell 14% when compared to a year ago, to $433 million," said Piscatella. "Year-to-date sales of Accessories and Game Cards are down 5% when compared to a year ago, to $3.2 billion."

"The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 drove the highest dollar sales of any accessory in November," added Piscatella. "The PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Black remains the best-selling accessory year to date."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the best-selling game in the US in November, which is its second month in a row at the top of the charts. 

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare repeats as the best-selling game of the month, and maintains its position as the best-selling game of 2019 year-to-date, said Piscatella. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare also becomes the best-selling game of the trailing 12-month period ending November."

Switch Outsells PS4 and Xbox One in the US in November, Pokemon Sets Franchise Record

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order debuts in second place and right away becomes the ninth best-selling game in the US for 2019. It had the second highest launch in terms of dollar sales for any Star Wars game. It was only beat by 2015's Star Wars: Battlefront.

Each SKU for Pokemon Sword and Shield was counted separately with Sword debuting in third, the Double Pack in fourth and Shield in fifth. When you combine all three SKUs the game set a franchise record in the US in terms of launch month dollars earned. This beats the previous record of Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order^
  3. Pokémon Sword*
  4. Pokémon Sword and Pokemon Shield Double Pack*
  5. Pokémon Shield*
  6. Madden NFL 20
  7. Death Stranding
  8. NBA 2K20
  9. Need for Speed: Heat
  10. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  11. FIFA 20
  12. Borderlands 3
  13. The Outer Worlds
  14. Just Dance 2020
  15. Mario Kart 8*
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  18. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  19. Grand Theft Auto V
  20. Mortal Kombat 11

* Digital sales not included
^ Steam sales not included

Here are the top 10 selling games so far in 2019:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Borderlands 3
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Kingdom Hearts III
  7. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  9. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order^
  10. Anthem

Here are the lists of top 10 selling games by platform for the month:

Xbox One

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Need for Speed: Heat
  6. FIFA 20
  7. Borderlands 3
  8. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  9. Red Dead Redemption II
  10. The Outer Worlds

PlayStation 4

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  3. Death Stranding
  4. Madden NFL 20
  5. Need for Speed: Heat
  6. NBA 2K20
  7. FIFA 20
  8. The Outer Worlds
  9. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  10. Borderlands 3

Nintendo Switch

  1. Pokemon Sword*
  2. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Double Pack*
  3. Pokemon Shield*
  4. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  5. Mario Kart 8*
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  8. Just Dance 2020
  9. Ring Fit Adventure*
  10. Super Mario Odyssey*

Nintendo 3DS

  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun*
  2. Pokemon: Ultra Moon*
  3. Super Mario 3D Land*
  4. Super Mario Maker*
  5. Super Smash Bros.*
  6. Luigi’s Mansion*
  7. Mario Kart 7*
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D*
  9. Detective Pikachu*
  10. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon*

Thanks VentureBeat.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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2 Comments
scottslater (on 13 December 2019)

First, the continued selling power of the Nintendo Switch Exclusive games is astounding and only adds to the selling power of the Switch. Only 1 exclusive title in the Top 10 for the year is really sad for the state of PS4/Xbox1 exclusive titles.

I really wonder where those Switch Exclusive games would be if digital sales were included.

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xMetroid (on 12 December 2019)

Zelda outselling SSBU i-

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