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NPD's Report for Feb. 2013: Xbox 360 Tops Hardware Sales

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NPD's numbers for the videogame industry for Feb. 2013 are depressing.

NPD Group recently released its report for video game software and hardware sales for February 2013. Physical sales continue their steady path on the downslope as gamers spent $810 million at retail, down from $834.7 million spent in January 2013.

In the software department, total software sales were at $352 million, a depressing 27 percent decrease from the $484 million in 2012. Among the top selling games of the month were, unsurprisingly, Dead Space 3, Black Ops II, and Crysis 3:

1.      Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

2.      Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U PC)

3.      Crysis 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

4.      NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)

5.      Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, Xbox 360)

6.      Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

7.      Just Dance 4 (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)

8.      Far Cry 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

9.      Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (Xbox PS3, PSV)

10.    Madden NFL 13 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)


The hardware space is looking even worse. Total hardware sales were down 36 percent from $382.9 million to $244.2 million. "Looking at hardware sales on an average per week basis, all platforms showed an increase from January into February,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan. "Specifically, new platforms like the Wii U and PS Vita demonstrated some momentum from the typical January hardware lull with increases of over 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively."

Despite the Wii U having only launched in November, sales figures have plummeted dramatically. In January, it only managed to move about 55,000 units, meaning that it could have moved at most somewhere in the 80,000 unit range. More software support should be of utmost importance to Nintendo right now, as the Wii U's been soundly defeated by the Xbox 360, which takes the top spot again (for the twenty-sixth month in a row) for selling 302,000 units.

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    wanderer11 , March 28, 2013 10:50 AM
    Why would hardware sales look "good" at this point? With the next gen a few months away who is going to buy a console now?
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    ubercake , March 28, 2013 10:58 AM
    We've been playing on the same console hardware for 10 years. You can only do so many game sequels on the same platform. Give us something new.
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    gm0n3y , March 28, 2013 11:13 AM
    I completely forgot about the Wii U. I haven't heard of anyone I know that owns one. And many of those same people own an original Wii.
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    slomo4sho , March 28, 2013 12:02 PM
    I have yet to use my Wii U. It currently can't compete with the titles available on PS3 or Xbox 360.
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    shikamaru31789 , March 28, 2013 2:24 PM
    Lol, I love how NPD tries to make it sound like the decrease in hardware sales is because people aren't gaming. It's because everyone alreayd owns a current gen console and is waiting for new hardware. Of course few are going to buy new hardware right now, not with the PS4 and 720 right around the corner. As for the Wii U's sales, well, that is a failing on Nintendo's part. Launching it early with barely any games, 1st party orotherwise, was a big mistake. They honestly would have been better off waiting a year and putting slightly better hardware in it, then people would be less likely to compare it to current gen consoles due to the fact that the hardware isn't much better, 1st party games would have been done in time for launch, and the increased power might have attracted more 3rd party ports.
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    badaxe2 , March 28, 2013 3:26 PM
    Kinda pathetic that the new casual ripoff box is still leading NDP sales. Wake up people.
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    belardo , March 28, 2013 3:39 PM
    In my household, we have a wii and a PS2 (girlfriend)... Even thou the local Sony store sells the ps3 for $180-210 for the slim and entry level super slim, we are waiting for the PS4.
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    timw03878 , March 28, 2013 7:42 PM
    This has nothing to do with the industry at large, and more to do with the economy as a whole. Most people, even the most ignorant, know that the economy sucks... and those with a little bit of knowledge, know its gonna get a lot worse....

    You can only export worthless paper for so long before the chickens come home to roost.
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    mobrocket , March 29, 2013 5:29 AM
    timw03878This has nothing to do with the industry at large, and more to do with the economy as a whole. Most people, even the most ignorant, know that the economy sucks... and those with a little bit of knowledge, know its gonna get a lot worse....You can only export worthless paper for so long before the chickens come home to roost.


    disagree, Wii U sales suck cus the console offers nothing for consumers to have interest in
    and PS3 / 360 are old and will be replaced by end of the year

    watch ps4 and new xbox sell out when they first drop regardless of the current economy
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