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November U.S. Video Game Retail Sales Drop 11%

Eric Savitz

U.S. video game retail sales were down 11% in November from the same month last year, according to new data from NPD Group. Overall sales were $2.55 billion, down from $2.87 billion. That includes sales of new merchandise from physical stores, and not used merchandise or digital sales.

Hardware sales were down 13%, software sales were down 11% and accessories were down 8%.

This was actually the smallest year-over-year decline in sales so far in 2012.

Here's a look at the top 10 best selling games for the month:

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision Blizzard)

Halo 4 (Microsoft)

Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft)

Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)

Madden NFL 13 (Electronic Arts)

Skylander Giants (Activision Blizzard)

Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2012 (Electronic Arts)

NBA 2K13 (Take 2 Interactive)

WWE 13 (THQ)

FIFA Soccer 13 (Electronic Arts)