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

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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  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.