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The sales results for November 2020 are in, and the PlayStation 5 achieved the “highest launch month unit and dollar sales for a video game hardware platform in US history”, beating out the previous record held by the PlayStation 4. It couldn’t, however, beat the Nintendo Switch in unit sales – although Sony’s new console was, of course, supply constrained. Estimates peg the next-gen console's total tally between 1.1 million and 1.3 million units.

With the continued success of the Nintendo Switch and the launch of the Xbox Series X|S, consumer spending was up 58 per cent year-over-year, with a November record of $1.4 billion. In and among that, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War did incredibly well, instantly becoming the best-selling title of 2020, and beating out Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which finished second in November’s software charts. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales squeezed into third, and it even outsold Ubisoft’s Norse open worlder specifically on PlayStation platforms.

Elsewhere, Demon’s Souls debuted in 10th position, while Ghost of Tsushima continues to sell really well, finishing up in 20th place overall. One other point worthy of note, before we share the all-important charts, is that Sony’s new DualSense controller “achieved the highest launch month unit and dollar sales for a gamepad in US history”. A big month for PlayStation bank balance, then, overall.

NPD Software Top 20: November 2020

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. NBA 2K21
  6. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity*
  7. Watch Dogs: Legion
  8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  9. FIFA 21
  10. Demon's Souls
  11. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  12. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
  13. Just Dance 2021
  14. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  15. Luigi's Mansion 3*
  16. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit*
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  18. Marvel's Avengers
  19. Mortal Kombat 11
  20. Ghost of Tsushima

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: November 2020

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. Demon's Souls
  6. NBA 2K21*
  7. FIFA 21
  8. Watch Dogs: Legion
  9. Ghost of Tsushima
  10. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

NPD Best-Selling Games of 2020 So Far

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. The Last of Us: Part II
  6. Ghost of Tsushima
  7. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  8. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  9. Marvel's Avengers
  10. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*

* Digital sales not included