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USA Charts: Mario Kart on top for month of November

Nintendo's triumphant claims of sales success in recent months have been confirmed by the latest US charts, which show Mario Kart: Double Dash as the best-selling game for the month of November.

Nintendo's triumphant claims of sales success in recent months have been confirmed by the latest US charts, which show Mario Kart: Double Dash as the best-selling game for the month of November.

The game took the top spot ahead of big hitters from Electronic Arts and Square Enix, with Medal of Honor Rising Sun at number two and eagerly anticipated RPG Final Fantasy X-2 at number three.

The highest ranked Xbox title is at number four in the chart - with the Grand Theft Auto Double Pack proving hugely successful on the console. Take Two will no doubt be hoping that that success can be replicated by the pack when it launches in Europe in early January.

The success of Mario Kart is interesting because of the contrast it provides with the performance of the title here in the UK. Although the game certainly sold well, it never really troubled EA's dominance of the top of the charts, and has been languishing in the mid-teens in the UK chart for some weeks now.

Conventional wisdom has always suggested that the GameCube's weakest territory was the USA, because of the strength of Microsoft's Xbox in that region - but this latest chart, combined with the fact that the GameCube has consistently outsold the Xbox in the USA since its price cut, suggest that in fact it's right here in the UK that Nintendo is struggling most.

The NPD figures suggest that at the end of November, the installed base of GameCube in the USA was 5.7 million units, compared with 6.67 million units of Xbox - a significant gap, but one which had closed significantly compared with previous estimates.

The PS2 and Game Boy Advance, of course, are in a league of their own. The PS2 installed base in the USA has shot past 20 million units (now at around 20.3 million), while the GBA is sitting at 17.6 million units, and is the fastest-selling console in the USA at the moment.

Pos. Platform Title Publisher
1. GC Mario Kart: Double Dash! Nintendo
2. PS2 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun EA
3. PS2 Final Fantasy X-2 Square Enix
4. XBX Grand Theft Auto Double Pack Take Two
5. PS2 SOCOM II: NAVY SEALs Sony
6. PS2 Need for Speed Underground EA
7. PS2 Tony Hawk Underground Activision
8. PS2 True Crime: Streets of LA Activision
9. GBA Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 Nintendo
10. PS2 Madden NFL 2004 EA
11. PS2 WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain THQ
12. PS2 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King EA
13. GC Mario Party 5 Nintendo
14. XBX True Crime: Streets of LA Activision
15. GBA Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Card Konami
16. GBA Namco Museum Namco
17. PS2 NBA Live 2004 EA
18. GBA Frogger's Adventures: Temple of the Frog Konami
19. XBX Halo Microsoft
20. PS2 Jak II Sony
21. GBA Pac-Man Collection Namco
22. PS2 Eye Toy: Play Sony
23. XBX Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Ubisoft
24. GBA Mario & Luigi Saga Nintendo
25. PS2 Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando Sony

Based on data from NPD Funworld.

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Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.

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