NPD February 2015: Nintendo (Sales) Power


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, with this month’s numbers reporting for NPD February 2015.

Top 10 most sold physical software titles in the US, according to NPD February 2015 numbers (bracket order=most-to-least sold version):

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) (Review)
  2. Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  3. Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC) (Review)
  4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  6. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360) (Review)
  7. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360) (Review)
  8. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  9. The Order: 1886 (PS4) (Review)
  10. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)

On the hardware side of things, it’s a rare day of victory for the Nintendo family, according to the NPD February 2015 figures. So much had been confirmed via press release by Nintendo, stating that the Nintendo 3DS family was the best-selling hardware platform released in the US this month. Reaching 395,000 units, it helped to complement The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, which sold 515,000+ units both physically and digitally in its launch. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate bookended the Top 10 physical games releases this month, selling more than 290,000 physical+digital combined. Finally, Super Smash Bros for Wii U surpasses 1.5 million units sold, while amiibo figurines have sold 3.5 million units in the US in their lifetime.

More from 3DS

Shifting more towards home consoles, however, it’s more of the usual from PS4 over its life cycle. They sold the most hardware and software in that category this month, more so than either 8th generation competitor. The Wii U has sold 20% more over its first two 2015 months than over the same time period last year, with estimate suggesting roughly 94,000 units sold in the US this February. Microsoft, however, continues their doubleplusgood-like PR statements, saying fans spent quaduple the gaming hours on Xbox One and 360 this month compared to February 2014, triple the time on Xbox Live than what an average user spends on social networks and 84% more consoles sold this month compared to last month.

Considering what has been released recently and the exclusivity of some items, there are some rarities coming out of NPD February 2015 reports. For one, 3 separate exclusive games make the Top 10, a difficult feat considering a much smaller install base. Xbox One continues to be the go-to console for online multiplayer FPS titles, while the PS4 looks to sell more software titles for just about everything else. Finally, The Order: 1886 just scrapes in at the 9th spot, with only 8 days on the market. There’s definitely something for everyone this February, proving to set up an intriguing fiscal quarter dash with a slew of March 2015 releases.

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