NPD: Death Stranding’s Sales Do Fine in Light of Stiff Competition

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Kojima Productions’ first outing as an independent studio was set to be divisive, and its reception certainly showed as much. Today’s NPD reports showed just where Death Stranding landed in a packed November, and while it certainly held its own, this debut effort managed seventh overall on the month’s top sellers.

To be fair, Death Stranding had some tough competition. Call of Duty Modern Warfare came in at the top spot yet again, maintaining Call of Duty’s November reign and positioning itself as the best-selling game of the year-to-date. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order came in second with a strong performance for both the Star Wars franchise and developer Respawn Entertainment, and Pokemon’s three units—Sword, Shield, and the bundle pack—all clocked in higher than Kojima Productions’ strand game.

There is a silver lining, however: according to NPD’s Mat Piscatella, Death Stranding ranks amongst the top 10 in U.S. launch month full game dollar sales for a Sony-published title in history. So while it fell behind the competition, it still held up among Sony’s exclusives within its launch month. Hopefully that’s solid enough to encourage more from Kojima’s studio.

Here’s the top sellers for this month’s report, via the NPD Group:


Top 20 Overall Games of November 2019

  1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  3. Pokemon Sword
  4. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Double Pack
  5. Pokemon 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

Top 10 PS4 Games of November 2019

  1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  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

Top 10 Xbox One Games of November 2019

  1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  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 2
  10. The Outer Worlds

Top 10 Nintendo Switch Games of November 2019

  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

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