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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.

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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.

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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.

PS4 tops January NPD, but Xbox One had a record month and was the only new console to show growth

10 Feb

PS4 vs Xbox One: good news from both sides of the console war.

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PS4 topped us retail charts in the US in January, according to the NPD Group. The full monthly report drops next week, but both Sony and Microsoft have released statements on their initial performance.

Microsoft said the Xbox One had its best January to date, and was the only console in this generation to enjoy year-on-year growth during the month. Time spent playing Xbox One games grew a tasty 21% year-on-year.

Not a bad result for Microsoft given there were no big Xbox One exclusives in January; the biggest new release was the multiplatform Resident Evil 7. The PS4 version of Resident Evil 7 has PlayStationVR support and a long period of demo exclusivity in its favour, but the Xbox One build has cross-buy with Windows 10 PC through Play Anywhere, which is pretty nice.

The PS4 was the best-selling console of the month, and Sony told Gamespot that four of the five bestselling games of January were PS4 releases.

Since the Xbox One had no new or even especially notable recent exclusives, and the only PS4 exclusives released in January were Gravity Rush 2 and Yakuza 0, Sony is probably referring to a single-format chart, where the PS4 and Xbox One SKUs of a game are tallied separately.

Pokemon Sun & Moon combined outsold Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in November NPD

16 Dec

Call of Duty outsold in its launch month. Get the president on the phone.

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November NPD 2016 at a glance

Total spend down 24% with drops in hardware, software and accessories.

Pokemon Sun & Moon combined top software chart.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare tops individual SKUs software chart.

PS4 back on top of Xbox One thanks to PS4 Pro, Black Friday.

Compare month-on-month: October 2016

Compare year-on-year: November 2015

Pokemon Sun & Moon dominated new game sales in the US in November, according to the NPD Group’s latest monthly report.

Even though the NPD was not provided with digital sales data for Pokemon Sun & Moon, it confirmed that the two SKUs combined outsold everything else on the software chart this month.

Whether you think it’s fair to count Pokemon Sun & Moon as one game when plotting the software chart, there’s no denying it was a huge launch. The NPD’s Sam Naji said Pokemon Sun & Moon had the “strongest launch in the history of the franchise” with 8% more unit sales than Pokemon Black & White, the previous record holder, even though it was on sale for 19 fewer days in the charting period.

As a result, “Nintendo 3DS experienced its highest monthly physical software spending in the history of the platform”, at 1% higher than the December 2014 record.

Here’s the full November 2016 NPD software top ten chart, looking at individual SKUs:

NPD November 2016 top ten software chart

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Pokémon Sun (no digital sales included)
  4. Pokémon Moon (no digital sales included)
  5. Titanfall 2
  6. NBA 2K17
  7. Madden NFL 17
  8. Watch Dogs 2
  9. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (no digital sales included)
  10. FIFA 17

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare came in first for individual SKUs despite a nasty drop-off in retail sales from Black Ops 3, and you’ll notice Battlefield 1 is still right up there having topped the October NPD charts. That’s some solid sales from the big shooters, but it was’t enough to prevent a 19% year-on-year decline in software sales compared to November 2015.

“The decline can be fully attributed to the top three selling games which, combined, sold 43% less than the top three games from last November,” Naji said.

“Combined spending across all other titles grew 12% in November compared with a year ago.”

So blockbusters down, everything else up. To be fair, November 2015’s top three titles were Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront 2015 – a pretty tough line up.

“The year-on-year software revenue decline was driven by the strong comparison to last November’s top 3 titles – Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront, which were all full-priced console new releases,” Naji said.

“This month’s top three games were Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Pokemon Sun. Battlefield 1 launched in October, and Pokemon: Sun launched at a lower [price] than last November’s console games. As all titles outside of the top three grew a combined 12% vs year ago, it is the top three title grouping that drove the year-on-year decline.”

Disappointingly for Ubisoft Watch Dogs 2 limped in at seventh, putting it well behind Titanfall 2, which is now in its second month and looking to have a decent sales tail.

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PS4 back on top in NPD November hardware data

As previously reported, PS4 outsold Xbox One, breaking its four month streak.

Like Xbox One S, PS4 Pro is partially responsible for new interest in the platform – but actually, it was the PS4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle that sold best of all hardware SKUs, accounting for a whopping 30% of all hardware units sold in December.

Unit sales of 3DS grew 59% year-on-year, giving it six consecutive months of year-on-year growth – an amazing performance. The NES Classic Edition also sold 196,000 units in its debut month.

Overall, hardware sales fell 35% year-on-year despite growth in portable sales – mostly because the PS4 and Xbox One are cheaper now.

NPD November 2016 general

Overall, total new industry spend in the US in the month of November 2016 clocked in at $1.97 billion, a 24% year-on-year decline from $2.6 billion..

Software took the blame for the drop-off – console software sales fell 18% year-on-year to $955.2 million, while PC software fell 28% year-on-year to $27.5 million. Declines in the top three bestsellers were responsible, as discussed above.

Hardware fell 35% to $723.8 million, while accessories fell 6% year-on-year to $259.8 million. The NPD said lower hardware pricing is the reason for the drop-off there, while accessories have been gutted by the collapse of the toys-to-life category.

Battlefield 1 was the best-selling game in a month with a 36% year-on-year software spike – October NPD

21 Nov

Battlefield 1 leads the pack this month, helping deliver a rosy result for the US games market.

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October NPD 2016 at a glance

Total spend up 6%, largely thanks to 36% increase in software sales.

Console and PC software both up year-on-year.

Hardware and accessories down year-on-year.

Battlefield 1 topped software charts.

Xbox One was best-selling hardware.

Compare month-on-month: September 2016 NPD

Compare year-on-year: October 2015 NPD

Battlefield 1 was the best-selling game in the US last month, according to the October NPD report, contributing to a 36% year-on-year increase in software sales for the month.

Battlefield 1’s chart-topping performance didn’t include PC digital sales, so it’s likely done even better than the NPD believes.

NPD analyst Sam Naji name-dropped Battlefield 1, Mafia 3 and Gears of War 4, saying popular titles like these “helped to increase software spending by one-third” to offset declines in other categories.

This is a really nice reversal of fortunes as we had declines in software sales in June, July and September this year, with only August’s sports game bonanza interrupting the trend till now.

Although Battlefield 1 topped the charts you shouldn’t overlook Gears of War 4 in third; the NPD’s figures for Gears of War 4 don’t include any digital sales at all. It may not strictly be a platform exclusive, but any time a game skips over either PS4 or Xbox One and still charts highly, it’s a big deal.

Check the full software chart below.

Top ten software October NPD

  1. Battlefield 1
  2. Mafia 3
  3. Gears of War 4
  4. FIFA 17
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  7. WWE 2K17
  8. Civilization 6
  9. Titanfall 2
  10. Madden NFL 17

Xbox One tops October NPD

As previously reported, the Xbox One was the best-selling console in the US in October 2016, bring it to a consecutive four months in the top slot.

Gears of War 4, the new Xbox One S and the lingering effects of price cuts on older models are the likely drivers of this success. The true test for the platform’s continued triumph is the launch of Sony’s PS4 Pro launching earlier this month; the November NPD may bring an end to Microsoft’s streak.

The NPD said that Xbox’s unit sales grew by 8% year-on-year, but that Microsoft’s not necessarily making a wad of cash from it due to a 17% decline in the average price of Xbox hardware thanks to a new 500GB Xbox One S Minecraft bundle (which, incidentally, is probably why Minecraft has fallen out of the software charts).

Although Xbox topped, oOther platforms are also enjoying a good month despite an overall 20% year-on-year decline in hardware sales, which the NPD attributes more to lower prices than falling unit sales.

For example, while the PS4 didn’t top overall, Sony’s 500GB PS4 Slim Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End bundle was the top-selling individual hardware SKU, accounting for a whopping 17% of all hardware unit sales.

The 3DS logged its fifth consecutive month of year-on-year growth, with unit and dollar sales both up 12% despite no change in average pricing. The Pokemon effect, no doubt, and likely to be even more impressive in next month’s report, which will include Pokemon Sun & Moon.

October 2016 NPD overview

Total industry spend for October 2016 came in at $875.7 million, up 6% year-on-year from $827.7 million.

Console software grew 31% year-on-year to $505.7 million. PC software grew 172% year-on-year to $33.8 million.

Hardware fell 20% year-on-year to $215.2 million. Accessories fell 24% year-on-year to $121 million, probably due to Disney Infinity bowing out and Nintendo putting the brakes on Amiibo.

Just as a reminder, the NPD’s monthly reports track new sales in the US only, so this data doesn’t include revenue from used games, rentals, DLC, subscriptions and microtransactions. Although it does track some digital sales, it has gaps including Origin, Microsoft and Bethesda’s digital sales data.

Xbox One wins September NPD, giving Microsoft three consecutive months in the top spot [Update]

14 Oct

Xbox One is still out-performing PS4, which is a grand return on Microsoft’s refocused efforts.

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September NPD 2016

Total spend down YoY. All categories down YoY.

Lack of major new releases blamed for drop-off.

Xbox One beat PS4 for the third consecutive month.

Sports games topped the software charts.

Compare month-on-month: August 2016

Compare year-on-year: September 2015

Xbox One was the best selling console at US retail last month according to the NPD Group’s September 2016 report, Microsoft has announced.

It’s the third month in a row Microsoft and the Xbox One have beat back Sony’s PS4, after an almost unbroken two and a half year dominance by the Japanese giant in Microsoft’s traditional best territory.

Microsoft said it also took the number one spot in the UK in September 2016, drawing on Gfk Entertainment’s data, and that Xbox One was the only console to show year-on-year growth in the US, the UK, Australia and other territories during September 2016.

It’s not hard to see why Xbox One is suddenly holding its own again – the original model Xbox One is cheaper than ever, and the Xbox One S is a very nice hardware refresh.

After so long in distant second place it’ll probably be quite some time before the Xbox One install base can challenge the PS4, but remember that PS3 and Xbox 360 ended up neck and neck after the PS3’s rubbish start last generation, so it’s certainly possible – even with the PS4 Slim’s release late in September and the upcoming PS4 Pro.

NPD September 2016 top ten software chart

Sports games ruled the roost this year, unchallenged by any major new releases. Destiny: Rise of Iron didn’t get a physical release, and it’s not clear whether the digital version would be included in this chart since it was peddled as an add-on rather than a standalone release as The Taken King was last year.

Note that the NPD did not have PC sale data for Overwatch, or any digital sales data for Forza Horizon 3. Microsoft said Forza Horizon 3 was the best-selling first-party Xbox One game in the US, UK and Australia for September 2016, though.

  1. NBA 2K 17
  2. Madden NFL 17
  3. FIFA 17
  4. NHL 17
  5. Bioshock: The Collection
  6. Destiny: The Collection
  7. Grand Theft Auto 5
  8. Overwatch
  9. Forza Horizon 3
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

NPD September 2016 general

Year-on-year, total industry spend at retail in the US was down 23% in September 2016, totalling $838.2 million.

Software fell 27% year-on-year from $581.1 million to $453.4 million Hardware fell 25% year-on-year from $311.7 million to $234.3 million. Accessories fell 27% from $179.5 million to $130.8 million.

That’s compared to September 2015’s $1.09 billion. The NPD’s Sam Naji said the PS4 Slim and Xbox One S could not offset declines due to a weaker release slate; lots of strong new releases always boost sales in other categories, too. Last September saw the release of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Destiny: The Taken King, Mad Max, Disney Infinity 3.0 and Super Mario Maker.

Interestingly, 3DS hardware sales figures rose again, which Naji says makes the fourth month in a row – presumably due to Pokemon Go’s July release.

June 2016 NPD Shows PS4 Beats Xbox One Eighth Time in a Row

15 Jul

Although NPD still lacks data from digital game sales, it is still a very credible source of information on who is winning in the gaming industry. Therefore, when the June 2016 NPD statistics show that even now PS4 beats Xbox One, it does mean something. Like every month, the data analysis and research organization has […]

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NPD Making Changes to Its Tracking System to Add Digital Game Sales

12 Jul

NPD sales data holds a solid reputation among the community and publications. Its numbers are accurate enough to give us an idea of a game’s performance. However, it only tracks retail numbers. Thankfully, they will start tracking digital as well. Digital downloads make up a major portion of overall sales. It was only a matter […]

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NPD Making Changes to Its Tracking System to Add Digital Game Sales

12 Jul

NPD sales data holds a solid reputation among the community and publications. Its numbers are accurate enough to give us an idea of a game’s performance. However, it only tracks retail numbers. Thankfully, they will start tracking digital as well. Digital downloads make up a major portion of overall sales. It was only a matter […]

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Uncharted 4 tops US retail for May, Overwatch close behind

10 Jun

In other news, the sky is blue and pigs remain firmly grounded.

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Uncharted 4 tops US retail for May, Overwatch close behind

May NPD at a glance

Total spend up 4% YoY to $528.6 million.

Software up 18% YoY to $241.9 million.

Hardware down 10% YoY to $137.7 million.

Accessories down 2% to $149 million.

Uncharted 4 tops software. Overwatch in third.

Compare year-on-year: May 2015

Compare month-on-month: April 2016

The NPD group has released its chart tracking data for US retail in the month of May 2016 and it is fairly predictable: Uncharted 4 topped the software charts despite being a platform exclusive.

“Uncharted 4 also marked the best first month of sales for any game in the Uncharted series after Uncharted 3, which is remarkable given the fact that it launched during the holiday period (in November 2011),” the NPD’s Liam Callahan said. In other words, despite May traditionally being a month where things are sent to die, Uncharted absolutely thrived.

It’s unclear whether Naughty Dog would have held this spot if Overwatch had released earlier in the month; despite popping out right at the end of May, it took third spot on the charts. Callahan said Overwatch’s sales per day were double that of DOOM.

In other NPD news, software sales were up 18% year-on-year, hardware was down 10% year-on-year, and accessories fell 2% year-on-year. This worked out to a total industry spend increase of 4% year-on-year.

The hardware decline was, as ever, led by portables and last-gen consoles; no trouble on the PS4 and Xbox One front.

“It is encouraging to see such a healthy install base of the Xbox One and PS4, which currently have 43 percent higher cumulative unit sales than their predecessors at the same point in their lifecycles,” Callahan said.

The software increase seems to come down to a healthy spate of new releases as publishers apparently figure out we can spend money all through the year if we’re given something to spend it on. May 2016 launches represented 51% of all new software sales during the month, and were up significantly year-on-year.

None of the platform holders sent any interesting statements this month, which probably means the PS4 won, as usual. Software charts follow.

NPD new physical software top ten, May 2017

  1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
  2. DOOM (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Overwatch (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Battleborn (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  6. Minecraft (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  7. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  9. MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  10. Dark Souls 3 (PS4, Xbox One)

April 2016 NPD Sales: Total Decline in Sales, PS4 and DS3 Top The Ranks

13 May

The April 2016 NPD Sales figures are here and guess what, they show a complete decline in terms of sales. Whether it is hardware, software or accessories, everything has been selling much less. As far as the winners are concerned in these conditions, Sony’s PS4 managed to stay on top of Xbox One and the […]

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Dark Souls 3, Ratchet and Clank smash franchise records in April NPD

12 May

Surprise, surprise.

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NPD April 2016 at a glance

Total spend down 15%.

Hardware down 23%, software down 21%. Accessories up 4%.

Dark Souls 3 tops software chart.

Compare month-on-month: March 2016

Compare year-on-year: April 2015

Dark Souls 3 tops NPD sales charts for April

The NPD’s sales charts for US retail in April 2016 are in, and to nobody’s surprise Dark Souls 3 is squatting smugly in the top spot like some sort of overgrown beast, daring challengers to pass through the fog wall. Good luck to them.

Overall it wasn’t a great month, with a 15% ($88.5 million) year-on-year decrease in total industry spend from to $509.5 million, down from 598.1 million.

Hardware fell 23% or $41.6 million to $142.1 million. Usually we blame portables for any drops in this category but we’re now staring a 19% ($30.4 million) year-on-year decrease in console sales right in the face. The good news is this can be ascribed to a 70% year-on-year slump in last-gen hardware, as newer machines are still performing very well.

“Xbox One and PS4 are trending over 40% higher in cumulative sales after 30 months in the market compared to their predecessors,” the NPD’s Liam Callahan said.

Software fell 21% or $52.8 million to $203.9 million. The NPD ascribed this to comparisons with the very strong launch of Mortal Kombat X last year, and also to short sales tails on March 2016 releases. As ever, the NPD only tracks new physical sales for this report, so the software figures especially aren’t indicative of the overall health of the industry.

Accessories saw some growth at $163.5 million but the 4% ($5.9 million) uptick wasn’t enough to offset declines in other categories, obviously.

Interestingly, none of the major platform holders have issued statements in response to the NPD’s release. I think we can probably assume Sony won again, or Microsoft would have made a note of it, but perhaps Sony’s run out of ways to say “wow thanks yeah we appreciate the support from our fans, see you next month”.

Top software performers

Two franchises had major wins in April. Dark Souls 3 was obviously a huge deal, and if it is the last in the series it went off with a bang.

“The launch of Dark Souls 3 marked the strongest launch in the franchise’s history,” Callahan said.

“Sales for Dark Souls 3 nearly doubled that of its predecessor, Dark Souls 2, when adjusted for days in the market.”

Ratchet and Clank also performed very well.

“Ratchet and Clank had the best launch of any game in the Ratchet & Clank franchise when adjusting for the number of days sold in the data month, with sales recapturing success not seen for the franchise since the height of the PlayStation 2 era,” Callahan said

Exclusives generally do well, but Ratchet & Clank seriously outshone Quantum Break and poor old Star Fox Zero, which only just made it into the top ten. Nintendo’s definitely not down and out, through; if you reconsider the charts for single-format SKUs, Star Fox Zero was actually the fifth-best selling game, and Bravely Second on 3DS was ninth.

Top ten software, NPD April 2016

  1. Dark Souls 3 (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
  3. MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  4. Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  6. Minecraft (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3)
  7. Quantum Break (Xbox One)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  9. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  10. Star Fox: Zero (Wii U)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was the best-selling game of 2015 – full NPD report

15 Jan

Call of Duty rules the roost, PS4 reclaims the top of the charts, and new-gen hardware goes from strength to strength in the NPD’s 2015 report.

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NPD December 2015 and 2015 full year at a glance

No year-on-year growth for December 2015 and full year 2015, mostly due to last-gen decreases.

Hardware and software both down for the month and full year.

Accessories up both for the month and the year.

PS4 and Xbox One both showed growth with best month and year yet in software and hardware categories.

Call of Duty topped both monthly and full year sales charts.

Compare month-on-month: November 2015.

Compare year-on-year: December 2014.

The NPD has coughed up its December 2015 and full-year 2015 reports with some not unexpected results.

PS4 outsold Xbox One during December and across 2015, with Sony commenting that worldwide holiday sales topped 5.7 million consoles and 35 million games.

Both PS4 and Xbox One had their best month ever in terms of hardware unit sales in December, and at 26 months the combined cumulative sales of Xbox One and PS4 is 47% greater than the equivalent period total for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Don’t write this off as a holiday thing, either; it’s merely an increase on the 38% lead new-gen consoles held in October, and a continuation of the 47% lead through November. In total, the PS4, Xbox One and Wii combined U had their strongest month to date for hardware sales, up 4% year on year. Both PS4 and Xbox One had their strongest years to date, too.

General

Total industry spend for December 2015 fell 1.5% year-on-year to $3.22 billion, with a 10% increase in accessories to $7.61 million unable to make up shortfalls in software (down 3% to $1.21 billion) and hardware (down 6% to $1.24 billion).

For 2015 in full, total spend was flat at $13.13 billion. Hardware fell 4% to 4.86 billion, software fell 2% to $5.17 billion and accessories grew 12% to $3.10 billion.

The hardware drop is mostly down to the downward trend on last-gen hardware (down 71% year-on-year in December 2015) and portable hardware (down 32% year-on-year in December 2015), while software decreases may be ascribed to the shift to digital; just because people aren’t spending money in stores doesn’t mean they’re not spending it on games.

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Software

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 topped both the December 2015 and 2015 charts, to nobody’s surprise.

Although software sales were down year-on-year both for December and 2015 in total, the NPD said the problem is with portable and last-gen sales; PS4 and Xbox One software sales were up 48% year-on-year, while last-gen sales fell 54%. Even the Wii U had a good month – its second-best ever.

The upshot of this is that December 2015 was the best month so far for current-gen software sales, and 2015 was the best year yet for new-gen software sales.

PS4 had the strongest third-party software sales in 2015, Sony said, drawing on the NPD’s data.

Charts follow.

Top 10 new physical software sales, all platforms, December 2015

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  3. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  5. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  8. Minecraft (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  9. Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  10. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)

Top 10 new physical software sales, all platforms, 2015 total

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  3. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  6. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  7. Minecraft (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
  8. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  9. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

As ever, the NPD’s data covers the US market only, and sticks to traditional bricks-and-mortar retail. It’s not representative of the health of the industry as a whole, especially internationally.

October NPD Sales Results Show Why Microsoft is a Winner!

13 Nov

It is not every month that Microsoft manages to beat rival Sony in the console wars. However, October has been kind on them as according to the October NPD sales results, Xbox One outsold PlayStation 4! According to Microsoft, the company saw a gigantic 81 percent growth in hardware sales as compared to previous months […]

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Xbox One wins October: thanks, Halo 5

13 Nov

Halo 5 predictably pushed the Xbox One to dominate the US market last month.

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October NPD 2015: At a glance

Total spend up 2% year-on-year.

Hardware flat and software down, but sharp spike in accessories.

Xbox One and Halo 5 won the month.

Compare year-on-year: October 2014 NPD

Compare month-on-month: September 2015 NPD

If anything was going to break Sony’s winning streak in the US, it was Halo 5: Guardians.

As expected, Master Chief’s latest was the best-selling game of the month according to the NPD Group’s charts, and the Xbox One outsold the PS4.

Microsoft reported an 81% year-on-year increase in Xbox One shipments, which is enormous. Looks like a lot of fans were holding out for Halo.

Hardware

Overall, console sales grew 3% – which is great, because it includes a 66% decline in last-generation sales. Looks like the new generation is holding its own against the drop-off now.

Once again, bundles drove much of the growth in console hardware sale, so expect more of those in the future.

Portable sales fell 27% year-on-year, which is more dramatic-seeming than it is; there were major portable sales in October 2014.

Software

Although Halo 5 was big business, it and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate weren’t enough to drive software sales to year-on-year growth; new release sales decreases 4% year-on-year. (As ever, don’t forget that this is physical only; Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate topped the PlayStation Store charts last month.)

Here are the charts:

  1. Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
  2. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One)
  4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  5. WWE 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  7. Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  8. Yoshi’s Wooly World (NWU)
  9. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
  10. Rock Band 4 (Xbox One, PS4)

General

Overall industry spend increased by 2% year-on-year to $805.9 million. This tiny blip may not seem like much, but as more and more game sales and spend switch to digital, any growth at all is a sign of excellent health.

The NPD credits the uptick to accessories, which grew 18% to $197 million; we can probably thank Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live for some of that, but the Xbox One Elite Controller triggered a 29% increase in controller sales. There was also a 38% increase in point and subscription card purchases.

Hardware was flat at $270.3 million, and software sales were actually down 3% at $337.7 million. But none of this is a concern, because digital likely more than makes up for any slow down in software, and hardware will pick up significantly over the holiday period.

Metal Gear Solid couldn’t beat sports games last month

19 Oct

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was not the bestselling game of September in the US, according to the NPD.

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September NPD at a glance

Total industry spend down 9% YoY, with major dip in hardware.

PS4 led hardware sales, again.

NBA 2K16 was the bestselling game.

Compare year-on-year: September 2014

Compare month-on-month: August 2015

Metal Gear Solid 5 dominated gaming conversations last month as seemingly everyone spent some quality time with D Dog, Quiet and pals. As such, it may come as a surprise to see that it was only the third bestselling game of the month at US retail; it was topped by juggernaut sports titles NBA 2K16 and Madden 16.

Part of the explanation for this is that core gamers – those of us who hang out on video game websites and keep track of all the new releases – are vastly outnumbered by the millions who pick up a couple of tentpole releases each year. These gamers love to drop into retailers and pick up a copy of the latest sports games or Call of Duty, and that’s likely what we see reflected in the NPD’s charts, which track new, physical retail only. It also keeps us all solvent, so more power to them. Thank you, our semi-core friends.

Hardware: PlayStation wins again

Otherwise there’s little to shock in this month’s report. The PS4 was the best-selling console, as it has been for all but one month this year, and almost every month since it and the Xbox One launched in November 2013. The PS4’s recent price cut may keep it ahead of its rival through November and December, although the Xbox One has so far done pretty well over holiday periods.

The NPD noted that the PS4 was the bestselling platform for NBA 2K16, Madden 16, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and FIFA 16, but Sony said PS4 was also the bestselling platform for Destiny: The Taken King when you include hardware bundles, which the NPD doesn’t.

It was something of a hollow victory for Sony, as in general hardware sales dropped off considerably year-on-year. But the NPD’s Liam Callahan said this is because Destiny spiked hardware sales last year, and in general hardware is on track.

“After 23 months on the market, combined PS4 and Xbox One sales are 40% higher than the combined 23 month totals for PS3 and 360,” he said.

Hardware sales are trending upwards from August, too, so it sounds like momentum is building ahead of the holidays.

Software

One inetresting note for software this month is that Sony revealed September was the highest-grossing month in the history of the PlayStation Store. Something to think about before you get depressed about downwards trends in these retail-only reports.

  1. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  2. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  3. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
  4. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  5. Destiny: The Taken King (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
  7. Disney Infinity 3.0 (Xbox 360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  8. Mad Max (PS4, Xbox One)
  9. NHL 16 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
  10. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)

General

Total industry spend came in at $1.01 billion, a 9% year-on-year drop on September 2014.

Software fell 3% year-on-year from $480.6 million to $465.6 million, while hardware fell a painful 27% $431.2 million to $313.5 million. Accessories grew 20% year-on-year, likely thanks to toys-to-life games, including Amiibo.

Year-to-date, total spend across all categories is almost flat; we’re likely to see spikes over the holidays, so we may be in for overall growth this year.

Amiibo, Madden and PS4 sold like hotcakes in August

11 Sep

Nintendo is raking it in on Amiibo, Madden is top dog in the US and the PS4 is still king of the world. Today’s NPD report was sponsored by Captain Obvious.

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August 2015 NPD

Overall spend down 2%. Software down 10%.

Madden 16 topped software charts.

PS4 best-selling console.

Compare month-on-month: July 2015

Compare year-on-year: August 2014

The NPD Group’s August 2015 report is in and contains very few surprises. The most interesting news out of the stack of releases that accompany the report is that Nintendo has shifted 7 million Amiibo figures in the US since November 2014.

It’s not clear if the figures refers to sell-in (shipped to retailers) or sell-through (sold to consumers) but given we’re talking about one territory it’s an impressive milestone. We’d dearly like to see updated global life to date figures.

Nintendo had more good news to share; 3DS sales have increased 30% over the past eight months, and Splatoon has shifted 600,000 copies.

Console wars

Back in the new-gen realm, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in both hardware and software. Interestingly, more players picked up Madden on PS4 than Xbox One or Xbox 360. Sony also said the August Black Ops 3 beta was “the most successful beta in PS4 history”, which is pretty impressive given we know the Destiny beta broke a number of records in 2014.

Xbox had a good month, too; Microsoft said Xbox One sales were up 26% year-on-year.

In general, hardware sales were down 2% year-on-year to $190.5 million, with a tiny 4% jump in portables and a huge 61% drop in last-gen consoles.

Interestingly, 93% of console sales came from bundles, a huge jump on the 41% of August 2014, and since we know Sony did very well from a couple of recent hardware bundles you should bear this in mind for the software charts below.

Software

Overall monthly software sales dipped 10% year-on-year to $207.9 million, which isn’t surprising given the lack of big new releases. Until Dawn, Madden and Gears of War Ultimate are all very well, but can’t really stack up against last year’s big PS4 re-releases, The Last of Us and Diablo 3.

That said, the real problem is the dying last-generation; PS4 and Xbox One software sales grew 34% year on year but PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sales were down 51%. The 3DS and Vita are also languishing with a 24% software sales decline on August 2014.

Here’s the full software chart, which doesn’t include hardware bundles:

  1. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  2. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  3. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
  4. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Lego: Jurassic World (Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
  6. Rare Replay (Xbox One)
  7. Until Dawn (PS4)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops Combo Pack (Xbox 360, PS3)
  9. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

General

Total industry spend for the month topped out at $548 million, a 2% year-on-year decline. That’s not a huge drop, but you can see it was a bad month for software sales – the return of perennials like GTA 5 and Minecraft to the upper reaches shows there weren’t enough popular new releases to push them down.

Overall, monthly accessories sales grew 12% year-on-year to $149.6 million, which we can probably credit at least partially to Amiibo. The NPD noted an overall average unit price drop on accessories and believes the spike may also be related to retailers clearing inventory ahead of the holiday season.

Remember that the NPD only tracks traditional retail; the full picture of total industry spend is likely significantly more positive than the general downward trend of the last like ten years of retail charts.

Warner Bros., PS4 make out like bandits in July NPD

13 Aug

PS4 continues to trample the opposition and Warner Bros. has so much money it has to buy a bigger piggy bank.

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July 2015 NPD

Total industry spend up 6% YoY.

Hardware and accessories up, software flat.

PS4 leads hardware sales.

LEGO: Jurassic World tops software charts.

Compare year-on-year: July 2014

Compare month-on-month: June 2015

There’s plenty of good news in this month’s NPD report on US retail, especially when it comes to hardware, which is up 6% on July 2014 to $202.1 million.

That’s not a big jump but it’s impressive given the dieback on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. NPD analyst Liam Callahan said the slowdown on seventh-generation software depressed hardware sales figures 56%, but that newer consoles are out-performing their older brethren.

“After 21 months, combined Xbox One and PS4 hardware unit sales are close to 50% higher than the combined sales of Xbox 360 and PS3 after 21 months on the market,” he said.

The PS4 led hardware sales, with Sony highlighting the performance of the Batman: Arkham Knight bundle. Microsoft wasn’t gloomy, though; it may be in second place, but Xbox One sales increased 44% year-on-year and active global Xbox Live users jumped 22%.

Nintendo’s statement highlighted a 10% increase in year-to-date Wii U hardware sales and a 35% increase in year-to-date 3DS hardware sales compared to the same period in 2014. Good things all round for the big three.

Software

Although overall software sales didn’t grow by even 1% at $178.5 million, eighth generation software – that’s PS4 and Xbox One – grew 63% year-on-year, which is good news.

Seventh generation software continued to fall off a cliff, except that Xbox 360 was the second-highest selling platform for new physical software after the PS4 – presumably thanks to the backwards compatibility announced at E3 2015. “Consumers may have felt safer buying 360 games knowing that they will be able to play them on Xbox One if they choose to upgrade,” Callahan said.

As you’ll see in the charts below, Warner Bros. is minting it hand-over-fist; although Batman: Arkham Knight fell to second place in the charts, the NPD said that if it included hardware bundles it would have been the top seller. Plus, the number one slot – LEGO: Jurassic World – is also a Warner Bros. game, and the publisher has a third chart entry with Mortal Kombat X.

“Warner Bros. Interactive is the top publisher year-to-date with an increase of over 200% in dollar sales,” Callahan said.

Although it didn’t chart, Nintendo said Splatoon continues to sell well, with 85,000 total units in its third month. Its lifetime US sales now stand at “nearly 540,000″ units, and it had shipped 1.6 million units worldwide as of June 30.

NPD Software chart July 2015

  1. LEGO: Jurassic World (Xbox 360, 3DS, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PS4, Vita)
  2. Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  4. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour (PS4, Xbox One)
  6. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  7. Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
  8. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  9. FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

General

For those who just like the numbers, total industry spend rose 6% to $541.9 million from $513.3 million in July 2014.

Hardware was up 2% to $202.1 million, while software was steady at $178.5 million. Accessories grew 17% year-on-year to $161.3 million.

As ever, please remember that the NPD tracks only new physical sales with this report, and as such these figures are not representative of the broader US market.

The Witcher 3 tops charts and PS4 back in first place in May NPD

11 Jun

The Witcher 3 was triumphant in the US sales charts in May, to absolutely nobody’s surprise.

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May NPD at a glance

Total industry spend down 13% YoY.

Software and hardware both down. Accessories up.

PS4 outsold Xbox One.

The Witcher 3 topped sales chart.

Compare MoM: April 2015

Compare YoY: May 2015

The Witcher 3 was the only major triple-A multi-platform release of May so it’s not surprising that it took the top spot. Nevertheless, we know The Witcher 3 shifted 4 million copies globally in just two weeks, so don’t undervalue its performance in what would otherwise have been a grim month for the industry.

“In May 2015, overall sales across hardware, new physical software, and accessories declined by 13%,” the NPD Group’s Liam Callahan said.

“The 20% growth in accessories was unable to offset the 18% and 25% respective declines in new physical software and hardware.”

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Console Wars

This week saw the PS4 take out top sales spot in both hardware and software on the NPD Group’s retail tracking charts.

I was away last month and missed the exciting news that Xbox One outsold PS4 in April. Whatever influenced this wasn’t enough to power Microsoft through a second month, obviously.

The PS4 has outsold the Xbox One every month so far this year bar April, and also every other month of both consoles’ young lives bar November 2014 and December 2014. Sony reiterated that the PS4 remains the cumulative sales champion (obviously) and has shifted over 20 million units worldwide.

It’s been a one-sided console war so far but it’s still early days, and the Xbox One isn’t exactly in trouble.

“Xbox One sales in the US were up 81% over May 2014 and active global Xbox Live members, Xbox One and Xbox 360, were up 20%,” Microsoft said in a statement.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the Xbox One Oculus Rift deal can shake the battle up, won’t it?

Callahan noted that new-gen hardware sales are relatively stable with just a 1% year-on-year decrease; it’s the 45% drop in last-gen console sales is the trouble.

Meanwhile, portable hardware sales are up 41%, which is excellent news.

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Software

The NPD attributed a major year-on-year decline in software sales to the very strong performance of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 in May 2014.

“Collectively, May 2015 launches sold 55% less dollars than May 2014 launches, however, catalog games outside of the launch month sold 3% more dollar volume compared to catalog games in May 2014,” he added.

“Despite poor comparisons to May 2014 releases, eighth generation consoles software unit sales rose 8% in May 2015, and also gained 15 percentage points in overall software unit share to total 54%.”

Nintendo hasn’t sent a statement this month but it’s worth highlighting Splatoon’s debut in fifth place on the charts. This is difficult for a platform exclusive, especially one with an install base as low as the Wii U’s, and suggests the console is enjoying the same little renaissance in the US as it is in Japan. What with Super Smash Bros. still charting, Nintendo is probably pretty happy this month.

Thanks to continued sales of Mortal Kombat X and a bare release schedule last year, Warner Bros. enjoyed a 140% increase in sales revenue during May 2015.

Here’s the full top ten chart:

  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  2. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  5. Splatoon (Wii U)
  6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  7. NBA 2K15 (Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  8. FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii , 3DS, Vita)
  9. MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  10. Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)

General

Total industry spend fell 13% year on year to $507.6 million in May 2015.

Hardware sales totalled $153.6 million, an 18% year-on-year decrease, and software fell 25% to $204.7 million. With PC software included, it still fell 25%, to $212.3 million.

The only category that saw growth was accessories, largely thanks to Amiibo, which dominated accessories sales. The category grew an amazing 73% thanks to Nintendo’s toys-to-life debut, although point cards, controllers, headsets and power supplies al grew year-on-year.

Reminder: The NPD charts new physical retail purchases in the US only, and as such is not indicative of the broader industry’s health.

Xbox One, Mortal Kombat X top US sales in April

15 May

The Xbox One outsold the PS4 in April in the US, as Mortal Kombat X proved to be the most popular game.

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According to the number crunchers at NPD, as reported by Gamesbeat, it’s the first time Xbox One has outsold the PS4 this year.

“As the best-selling console in the US in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month,” Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols told the site.

It was a quiet month for new software release, but Warner’s Mortal Kombat X proved strong, outselling the likes of Battlefield Hardline and GTA 5.

March’s big PlayStation 4 release, Bloodborne, did not hang around in the top ten this month.

US retail sales for April 2015 according to the NPD*

  • 01 Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  • 02 Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 360, PS3)
  • 03 Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • 04 MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  • 05 Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  • 06 NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • 07 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • 08 Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  • 09 Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
  • 10 Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)

* Sales do not include digital downloads or used games sales.

March NPD Statistics: PS4 Outdoes Xbox One, Hardline Tops Bloodborne

17 Apr

The March NPD statistics are out, and despite showing a slower month in terms of software as well as hardware sales, they bring interesting developments.

As expected, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beaten Microsoft’s Xbox One in terms of hardware sales. Sadly, NPD March statistics did not come with specific figures and so far neither company has shared the number of consoles they sold.

On this occasion, a PS4 representative said that they were “honored,” and thanked the gamers:

We are truly honored PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console and No. 1 in software sales again according to NPD sales data for March 2015. PS4 remains the cumulative sales leader both globally and in the United States and we want to thank gamers worldwide for their ongoing support.

Microsoft on the other hand revealed that the sales of Xbox One were greater than what Xbox 360 was selling at the same time in its product life cycle.

As far as game sales are concerned, March NPD results have revealed that despite being the number on seller on PS4, Bloodborne couldn’t beat Battlefield Hardline in terms of sales.

Liam Callahan revealed that despite coming at number two Bloodborne “has the second-highest sales for the debut month of a first-party game on the PS4, after Infamous: Second Son, in March 2014.”

Here are the top 10 selling games for the month:

  • Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Bloodborne (PS4)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  • Mario Party 10 (Wii U) (sold 290,000 copies physical and digital, according to Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  • MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  • Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  • NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Final Fantasy: Type 0 HD (PS4, Xbox One)

What do you make of the March NPD sales results?

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