Despite the debut of the Wii U, Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the best-selling system in the US for the 16th consecutive month in November, selling more than twice as much as any competing system. The Xbox 360 was also responsible for over half of all money spent on new retail game software for the month, according to a new report from market tracker NPD.
The 1.26 million Xbox 360s Microsoft sold last month in the US is more than the combined sales for the Wii U and the original Wii, which came in at 425,000 and 420,000, respectively. There's some reason to believe those numbers undersell the market strength of Nintendo's new system, though; the Wii U was only available for one week of the November reporting period, and prospective buyers couldn't find systems at retailers across the country during the Black Friday sales rush.
"Wii U hardware was sold out, we checked, so it's a supply issue," Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter told USA Today. Even so, the Wii U launch brought in 21 percent more revenue than the Wii launch in 2006 and helped Nintendo increase its total hardware sales 76 percent year over year, according to NPD.