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People want the PlayStation 5, but Sony can’t get enough stock onto store shelves. The platform holder had talked about transitioning players at record pace, but the pandemic has put a stop to all that, as the organisation struggles to manufacture enough inventory to meet demand. Ultimately, this is going to have a profound effect on how the generation unfolds at large, make no mistake about that.

So, the NPD results for the United States are in, with hardware sales slumping to their lowest for a November since 2016 – and all, according to analyst Mat Piscatella, due to a “lack of available console inventory”. Overall industry spend plunged 10 per cent year-over-year as a result, pulling in $6.3 billion in total. Nintendo Switch, unsurprisingly, was the best-selling system of the lot, moving 1.13 million units throughout the period spanning 31st October to 27th November.

Call of Duty: Vanguard, predictably, topped the sales charts, with Battlefield 2042 finishing just behind. Activision’s historical first-person shooter instantly became the second best-selling game of 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War the only release above it. Meanwhile, PlayStation first-party games, like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ghost of Tsushima, stuck around in the Top 20, demonstrating their ongoing popularity.

NPD Software Top 20: November 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Battlefield 2042
  3. Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
  4. Forza Horizon 5
  5. Madden NFL 22
  6. Mario Party Superstars*
  7. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  8. FIFA 22
  9. Far Cry 6
  10. NBA 2K22*
  11. Just Dance 2022
  12. Mario Kart 8*
  13. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  14. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  15. Back 4 Blood
  16. Shin Megami Tensei V
  17. Minecraft
  18. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  19. Super Smash Bros Ultimate*
  20. Ghost of Tsushima

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: November 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Battlefield 2042
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  6. FIFA 22
  7. Far Cry 6
  8. NBA 2K22*
  9. Ghost of Tsushima
  10. Back 4 Blood

NPD Best-Selling Games of 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. MLB The Show 21^
  5. Resident Evil Village
  6. Battlefield 2042
  7. Super Mario 3D World*
  8. Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
  9. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  10. Far Cry 6

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included

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