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NPD March 2014: Stand By For Titanfall, While PS4 Leads Hardware


Each month industry experts are given a report that details all of the consoles and software numbers sold from physical retail brick-and-mortar stores within the United States, which are then reported on by sites privileged with that sort of information. They are published from the NPD group.

NPD March 2014 Top 10 most sold retail software titles in the US:

  1. Titanfall (Xbox One, PC)
  2. Infamous: Second Son (PS4)
  3. South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  5. Dark Souls II (PS3, Xbox 360)
  6. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
  7. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
  8. Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PS Vita)
  9. The LEGO Movie Videogame (Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PS Vita)
  10. Minecraft (Xbox 360)

Additionally, the NPD report notes that the PS4 was the lead console sold in North America, despite a strong push by Microsoft and Titanfall, along with price drops and bundles. Microsoft themselves announced that the Xbox One sold over 311,000 units in the United States. Overall retail sales are up 3%, software sales are down 28% and hardware sales are up 78%, all year-over-year from the last 12 months.

Honestly, what is it going to take for the Xbox One to lead a month in US sales when it comes to hardware console units sold? It’s great for Microsoft to see a title that came out on consoles exclusively to the Xbox One during the month of March take the lead against both Infamous: Second Son and multiplatform threads like South Park and Ground Zeroes (coming in at a disappointing 6th place this month), but it hasn’t proven to be as much of a killer app for the Xbox One as the company would have hoped for.

I did find it interesting to see the HD Remaster for Final Fantasy X and X-2 chart so well. It was a game-packed month, yet the remaster of a 13+ year old game (and one of Square Enix’s last great mainline Final Fantasy RPG’s) still managed to come in a respectable position against the heavyweights, releasing on just the PS3 and PS Vita. Also, as always, I am surprised that Minecraft on the Xbox 360 squeaks in yet again in a Top 10 position. No wonder Mojang is releasing a physical release for the PS3.


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