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Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game of January 2017, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, other heavy-hitters play musical chairs

17 Feb

The NPD group has released hardware and software figures for January 2017 and it should come as no surprise that PlayStation 4 and Resident Evil 7 topped the respective sectors.



January 2017 NPD at a glance

Resident Evil 7 tops software charts

PS4 was best-selling console

PC software spend declined 12% year-over-year

All categories – accessories, hardware, software – down 4% year-over-year

Compare month-on-month: December 2016

Compare year-over-year: January 2016

While hardware sales declined, software was up 14% to $313 million. NPD attributed the increase to Resident Evil 7’s release, especially when comparing the year-over-year (yoy) release slates.

It’s also worth noting Resident Evil 7 was only on the market for five days when the NPD reporting period ended.

“With only five days in the market, Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game in January,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “The last time Capcom had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was in March 2009 with Resident Evil 5.”

First-person shooters Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 were still two of the best-selling games for the month, and neither title has fallen off the chart since release in fall 2016.

Overwatch also returned after dropping off the NPD software list in October.

The rise in sales could possibly be attributed to various discount offers or the Overwatch Year of the Rooster event; however, that’s just conjecture on our part as NPD didn’t elaborate on why Overwatch was once again charting. It was, however, one of the best-selling games of 2016 per NPD’s yearly report in January.

Action titles Grand Theft Auto 5 and Watch Dogs 2 also remained on the chart, while sports titles Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17 remained popular with US consumers as well.

PC software came in at $16 million, a 12% decline yoy from $18 million.


NPD Software Top Ten January 2017

You’ll notice not much changed on the chart since December 2016, as the heavy hitters played musical chairs and that’s about it.

The biggest changes were the entry of new releases Resident Evil 7 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – the second best-selling PS4 title for the month.

Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy 15 fell off the chart, and again, Overwatch reentered it.

The full NPD software chart is below, but keep in mind not all digital stores report sales data. Some publishers who sell through the PlayStation and Xbox Stores report data, but others do not. For example: Microsoft, Sony and Blizzard (Battle.net) do not report first-party sales.

  1. Resident Evil 7 (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  4. Battlefield 1 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  5. NBA 2K17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
  7. Madden NFL 17 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  8. Watch Dogs 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  9. Overwatch (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  10. FIFA 17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

This month, NPD also started reporting catalog sales of titles from the first six months of availability – starting with month seven (thanks, MCV). The winning publisher in the category for January 2017 was Take-Two and it was also the top publisher for 2016. NPD attributed this to continued sales of GTA 5.

NPD Hardware January 2017

Last week, the initial NPD report had PS4 topping hardware followed by Xbox One – which according to Microsoft enjoyed year-over-year (yoy) growth compared to January 2016.

PS4 sold the most units, with Xbox One coming in second place, and Nintendo’s Nintendo Classic Mini: NES in third.

“The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware (in units sold) during January 2017,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “And for the fourth consecutive month, PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle was the top-selling PS4 sku in terms of units sold.”

For the month of January 2017, hardware totaled $127 million, a decline of 19% yoy compared to $157 million in 2016.

Accessories declined 17% yoy to $155, with toys-to-life skus (ex: Skylanders, amiibo, Lego Dimensions) showing the biggest decline.

Total spent in the US on accessories, hardware and software for the month January hit $611 million. While that’s indeed as large figure, it’s 4% less compared to $637 million spent in 2016.

NPD said the lower figure was due to a decline in hardware sales and general lack of growth.

NES Classic Production Might Have End Already, No More NES Classics?

13 Feb

NES Classic has had an overwhelming welcome by the crowd as everyone has lost their mind because of the nostalgia effect. This product is sold out everywhere and people who sell their units are asking for a good amount of cash. You could think that Nintendo would keep selling this console, but recent rumors are saying the […]

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Hacker Finds A Way To Install New Games To NES Classic

7 Jan

If you are one of those lucky people who managed to get their hands on NES Classic then chances are that you are bored with the pre-installed games on the console by now. On top of that Nintendo has clarified that the console will not receive any more games. However, a Russian hacker has found […]

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Nintendo Sold 196,000 Mini NES Units In November

16 Dec

NPD report blasted with Nintendo MINI NES number of units sold reached 196,000 in November alone. MINI NES is commonly known as NES Classic Edition which went on sale again in November and sold like hot cupcakes until systems ran out of stock in the market. See also: Nintendo could be working on VR device […]

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Don’t buy the NES Classic Edition off eBay just yet – Nintendo sending more stock to retail

11 Nov

The NES Classic Edition is selling out left and right at retail, and if you missed out on this round, check back with your local retailer at a later date.


The NES Classic Edition officially launched today, and due being sold out almost everywhere, it’s inevitable than many of the systems have popped up on eBay, many for hundreds of dollars – which is ridiculous.

Nintendo of America said on Twitter today it is “working hard to keep up with consumer demand,” and that a steady flow of additional systems will be made available throughout the holiday shopping season and into the new year.

The company suggested that customers who are looking to purchase one keep checking for replenished stock.

Get a closer look at the NES Classic Edition on Nintendo UK’s stream tonight

6 Oct

Still on the fence? Check out the stream later today.

nes classic edition

Nintendo UK will be taking an in-depth look at the NES Classic Edition on their Twitch channel today.

Darran Jones, editor of Retro Gamer, will be talking us through it according it Nintendo Everything.

So far, we know there are multiple display modes, but aside from simulating the old CRT screens, we’ll get to see our old favourites in HD and 60Hz.

The channel will also be running a giveaway so if you want to get your hands on the mini console, head over there. The stream will be an hour long and you can find your time zone below.

  • 8 AM PT – 9 AM PT
  • 11 AM ET – 12 PM ET
  • 4 PM in the UK – 5 PM in the UK
  • 5 PM in Europe – 6 PM in Europe

The NES Classic Edition launches on November 11.

Lock your wallet up before watching this nostalgic NES Classic Edition trailer

22 Jul

Nintendo knows you long for a more innocent time.

NES Classic Edition, AKA this holiday’s most surprising console option, is a mini NES console with 30 built-in games rejigged for HD displays.

At $60 plus $10 for an extra controller, it’s not a huge investment – even if it can’t be expanded with extra games. But do you really need a little plug-in box to play these old games on?

If your answer is anything but an emphatic yes, keep your budget pure by refusing to watch the trailer above. I was a Sega kid myself so I find myself completely unmoved, but several grown men in my Twitter feed were sobbing with longing over it this morning, so I assume it’s hot stuff.

The NES Classic Edition launches November 11 in the US. No word yet on release elsewhere.