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February NPD Sales Report: Madden Falls While NBA 2K16 Stays Strong

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The NPD sales results have been released for February, and with such a busy month, it’s worth a look to see what did and didn’t impress financially. 2K’s basketball effort remains in the top 10 while it’s fellow sports game Madden NFL 16 drops out of the top 10 for the first time since release. According to the report, “February retail game sales are down 12% year over year. Hardware was down 23% year over year. Retail game sales were down 10% year over year.”

Software:

  1. Far Cry: Primal (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm (PS4, Xbox One)
  5. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  6. Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4, 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
  7. Street Fighter V (PS4)
  8. Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  9. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS)
  10. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

According to the NPD’s observations, one of the real stars was Fire Emblem, which not only more than tripled the sales of Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s launch in 2013, but would have been third in rank if combined with its Conquest counterpart.

The PS4 is on the incline, selling more over time. Regarding the PS4’s success, Sony had this to say:

“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. 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.”

Although things aren’t as good as they could be, this NPD data seems to show that everyone has a great reason to celebrate.

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