The February NPD sales figures are out and we thought it would be a good idea to tell you how did everyone fare. Hint: something to do with Sony and cavemen from prehistoric days.
In general, $842.5 million were spent on physical games which is 12 percent less than last year in the US. Hardware sales were an even bigger disappointment reaching only $292.2 million which is a massive 23 drop from last year’s respective figures.
February NPD Hardware Sales
As expected, Sony Computer Entertainment was able to beat the Xbox One with their PS4 but somehow even they were not willing to share the numbers. AN official statement was issued but we will be trying to find out exactly how much they have sold.
We would like to thank our fans and partners for making PlayStation 4 the top-selling hardware platform and the software sales leader in February, according to NPD. We continued to see strong year-over-year sales growth for PS4 hardware and software and are truly humbled by the support and enthusiasm from gamers.
Microsoft was as cryptic as ever, talking about the “unmatched lineup of games available on Xbox One” but referred only to a comparison between February 2016 and February 2015, exclusively for the US, and based purely on percentages:
Compared to February 2015, exclusive Xbox One U.S. game sales drove a 49 percent increase and the total number of hours spent gaming on Xbox One worldwide rose 93 percent.
February NPD Game Sales
Taking a look at the game sales one by one, far Cry Primal stood at the top, beating every other game as well as Far Cry 4’s launch statistics! It was followed by Black Ops 3 and then GTA 5 which sold less than 351K copies.
At number four is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm, which should be compared with Street Fighter 5 at a dismal number seven because Naruto’s PS4 version alone was able to beat Capcom’s biggest bet this year. Here’s a rundown on the rankings:
- Far Cry: Primal (PS4, Xbox One)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm (PS4, Xbox One)
- NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4, 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
- Street Fighter V (PS4)
- Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
- Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS)
- Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)