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NPD Sales Results for February 2011 [Update 4: PS3 Hardware, TONS Of Games]

Reporting Period 1/30/11 through 2/26/11


1.) Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard: 360, PS3, WII, NDS, PC) [Now the best selling game in the U.S. ever]
2.) Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom: 360, PS3) - 790.2K
3.) Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft: Wii) - 554K
4.) NBA 2K11 (Take-Two: 360, PS3, PSP, WII, PS2, PC)
5.) Dead Space 2 (EA: 360, PS3, PC)
6.) Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Majesco: WII, 360, PS3)
7.) Bulletstorm (EA: 360, PS3, PC) - 285.6K
8.) Killzone 3 (Sony: PS3) - 279.9K
9.) Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft: WII, DS, PSP)
10.) Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo: WII)

LTD Software:

Call Of Duty: Black Ops: 13.7 Million
New Super Mario Bros. DS: 9 Million
New Super Mario Bros. Wii: 8 Million
Donkey Kong Country Returns: 2 Million
Pokemon SoulSilver: 2 Million


Xbox 360 - 535,000 (+27%) [Top Console, 360's Best Non-Holiday Month Ever]
Wii - 454,000 (+14%)
PS3 - 403,000 (+12%)

Wedbush Numbers:

Call of Duty: Black Ops - 775,000

Dead Space 2 - ~311,880 (Down 31% from first month was the statement)

Zumba Fitness - 301,000

Mario Sports Mix - 200,000

Dragon Quest VI - 50,000

de Blob 2 - Much less than 75,000

uDraw - About the same as it sold in January

22 games sold over 100,000 copies (Up from 20 last year).

Kinect bundles outsold Move bundles 5:1 again.

Other Info:

miladesn said:

Sales of video game hardware in February propelled industry sales to a surprising improvement over last year, according to The NPD Group's monthly sales data.

Most analysts expected a decline in sales of games and console systems. Software sales did fall 5% below sales in February 2010 -- still a slightly better performance than expected. But all the three console systems saw increased sales.

"Within the video games industry, the console segment of the market was up 12% in dollar sales across hardware, software, accessories, and game cards while the portable segment of the market declined versus February 2010 by 27%," says NPD's Anita Frazier. "We are looking for the portable segment of the market to rebound beginning later this month when the highly anticipated 3DS launches in the U.S. on March 27th. Seven days of sales will be included when we release our March sales results on April 14th."

And Call of Duty: Black Ops became the best-selling game in history, topping Wii Play, Frazier says.

"The best-selling hardware system of the month was the Xbox 360 which had its biggest non-holiday (November/December) sales month ever, surpassing September 2007 when Halo 3 launched.," Frazier says. "The 250 GB system bundled with the Kinect sensor was one of the drivers of the increase in average selling price among console hardware."

All three console systems realized a unit sales increase over last February and a unit sales increase over January 2011, NPD says.

Breaking down the console growth, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 up about 25% in sales (dollar value) and the Wii up 15%, compared to last year, says Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.

Total industry sales rose 3% to $1.36 billion, compared to $1.33 billion in February 2010. Sales of video game hardware rose 10% ($467 million vs. $426 million), while software dropped ($601 million vs. $634 million). Video game accessories continued to rise, thanks to Microsoft's Kinect and Sony's PlayStation Move products ($257 million vs. $210 million).

"The big surprise to me is that hardware ticked up," Pachter says. "Maybe the recession really is over. People don't buy software because there is money burning a hole in their pocket. But they actually would buy hardware. Most recent jobs data show a slight uptick in jobs. Maybe consumer confidence is coming back. ... It has to be either that there's a change in NPD methodology or it is a reasonable signal that consumer confidence is back."
miladesn said:
Nintendo said:
Nintendo’s Wii™ console has crossed the 35 million sales mark in the United States, according to the NPD Group. More than 454,000 Wii consoles sold in February to put Wii across the 35 million mark faster than any other console in U.S. history.

February proved to be a notable month for Nintendo software as well. Not only was Just Dance 2 from Ubisoft the No. 1 best-selling game of the month with more than 554,000 sold, but four Nintendo games reached new sales milestones. Donkey Kong Country™ Returns for the Wii console, which launched in November 2010, crossed the 2 million mark in February, while New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii, which launched in November 2009, just crossed the 8 million sales mark.

On the portable side, the Pokémon™ SoulSilver Version game for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems launched in March 2010 and crossed the 2 million sales mark in February, while the New Super Mario Bros. game, which launched in May 2006, just passed 9 million in sales. These milestones further demonstrate the “evergreen” nature of games that play on Nintendo systems.
Microsoft said:
“February was the biggest non-holiday month of console sales in the U.S. in the history of the Xbox, according to NPD. For the second month in a row, Xbox 360 was the number one console, maintaining its lead in the U.S. as the top selling console in 2011,”
Sony PR:
NPD’s February numbers illustrate continued growth of the entire PlayStation 3 ecosystem, including increases in hardware, software and peripheral sales. PlayStation’s exclusive titles, combined with stereoscopic 3D and precision motion controlled gaming, continue to resonate with consumers, and we look forward to furthering the momentum with MotorStorm Apocalypse and SOCOM 4 next month.
-- Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA
Aug 14, 2006
MVC at No 2 is crazy! (totally awesome crazy though!)

Need numbers badly, I expected Mario Sports Mix to chart much higher.



Jun 14, 2004
Holy shit at 360 hardware, nice job MS.

Looks like Dead Space 2 stuck around but no Little Big Planet 2 (both Jan releases).


Should probably not trust the 7-11 security cameras quite so much
Nov 1, 2009
Killzone is doing terribly but that's what happens when you release a turd like KZ2. People aren't going to come back for another one.


I drop hot takes hoping you'll argue with me. Just ignore me.
Jun 23, 2010
COD still holds the #1 spot! Activision needs a bi-annual COD game and they'd hold #1 all year long.



Nov 18, 2009
Sugar Land, TX
Have to give props to Microsoft on those hardware numbers. They did a great job (as much as I don't really see what is so great about what they are putting out). Those are pretty insane numbers. This generation has been a weird one.


Walruses, camels, bears, rabbits, tigers and badgers.
Jul 23, 2009
These go here:

1. This must be a high-selling top ten with Mario Sports Mix landing at the bottom of the chart and no Kinect titles even makling the cut.

2. I still can't believe at how BIG the dancing genre has become, literally making all the other music genres basically look niche in comparison. I'm betting Miyamoto is kicking himself for not taking up dancing as a hobby now.

3. Michael Jackson: The Experience for KINECT is going to kill
the victims being GAF members
if it is even half-way decent. Book it.


Jan 23, 2010
Mario Sports Mix needed the word 'Wii' somewhere in the title. It'd have been higher then.
Jun 10, 2010
I really don't know why people were expecting big numbers for Killzone 3 and Little Big Planet 2. Previous versions weren't that huge sellers.

I still remember the "... just wait until... " and Killzone 2 and Little Big Planet 1 were always included in those comments.