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Despite Call of Duty and Halo launches, US video games sales drop 11 per cent

Despite strong sales of the latest Call of Duty and Halo sequels, new figures show a drop in annual US video game sales.

According to a report released by research firm NPD, sales of hardware and software sold by retailers were down 11 per on the year in November, even though Nintendo's Wii U and Assassin's Creed 3 both launched in that month.

"Despite an overall retail video game decline of 11 per cent, November had the smallest year-over-year decrease we have seen for dollar and unit sales so far this year," NPD said in a statement.

"Overall entertainment software units decreased by 15 per cent, however, when comparing the performance of the top five titles from this year to last, we see a rise in unit sales of 5 per cent - games outside of the top five sold less, leading to overall declines."

The most prominent firms in the industry – Activision, Microsoft and Nintendo – have all been highlighting the success of recent releases.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, released last month, managed $1bn (£624m) worth of global sales in its first 15 days of release, said Activision Publishing.

Meanwhile, Nintendo has revealed that it sold 400,000 of its new Wii U console just a week after it was released in the US. The figure is comparatively lower than the 600,000 units the original Wii sold in its first eight days on sale in North America.

The Japanese gaming giant is hoping to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles worldwide by March 2013.