The NPD Group has released sales data for February 2016, revealing that the PS4 was once again the best-selling console, and Far Cry Primal the best-selling piece of software.
In terms of software, $303.9 million during February 2016, down 10% from February 2015s $338.9 million. Despite extremely successful launches for Far Cry Primal and Street Fighter V, software sales could not match last year’s. Most of this decline comes from Xbox 360 and PS3, which saw no new releases in February 2016 and experienced a 52% decline. Software sales also took a beating, dropping 30%.
Here are the best-selling games of February 2016:
- 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)
NPD Analyst Liam Callahan does point out that if the three different versions of Fire Emblem Fates were combined into one retail unit, the title would have ranked third overall. Far Cry Primal, however, would still be the winner. Ubisoft’s prehistoric take on their established franchise was a huge hit at U.S. retailers.
In terms of hardware, sales were down 23 percent year-over year for two main reasons. One, Sony and Microsoft both dropped the prices of the PS4 and Xbox One. Two, there was no new hardware launch this year. If you recall, the New Nintendo 3DS XL launched February 2015.
It was Sony who ended up winning February 2015. The PlayStation 4 remains the top-selling console in the U.S. for another month. Since launch, the PS4 has been the best-selling console in the U.S. for all but five months. Xbox One has only managed to beat Sony’s machine in December 2013, November 2014, December 2014, April 2015, and October 2015.
“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,” a Sony spokesperson told VentureBeat. “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. We will continue to deliver amazing gaming experiences with the upcoming launches of Ratchet & Clank, MLB The Show 16 and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.”
Microsoft released their own statement, though failed to clarify if Xbox One sales were up or down year-over-year.
“The unmatched lineup of games available on Xbox One continues to generate a strong response from gamers as seen through global Xbox Live engagement and exclusive game sales,” Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marketing said. “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.”