NPD Sales Results for February 2016 [Up1: Fire Emblem]

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Overall:

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) - Beating Far Cry 4 on a launch aligned basis
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC) - This is less than 351K copies
  4. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm (PS4, Xbox One) - The PS4 version of this game alone outsold Street Fighter V
  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) - Street Fighter IV opened to 849K, which this is vastly below
  8. Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  9. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS)
  10. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Notes:
- Fire Emblem would rank at #3 if it was combined SKUs, with over triple the debut sales of Awakening, which did 117K at retail. It did nearly 400K between digital and retail.
- Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow broke the eShop first week sales record previously held by Super Smash Bros 3DS.


Hardware:

PS4: Best selling platform, up year over year.


Other Information:

“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.”

http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/10/ps4-beats-xbox-one-in-february/
If sales for Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, and the special edition for Fire Emblem Fates were combined, this title would have ranked third for new physical software sales[/b], said Callahan. The combined first month sales of Fire Emblem Fates would more than triple the first month sales of the next-highest game within the franchise, Fire Emblem: Awakening.

Nintendo PR:

"February was a fantastic month for Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, the newest entries in the critically acclaimed strategy RPG series from Nintendo. The games took two top-10 spots on the best-sellers list from the NPD Group, which tracks U.S. video game sales. In little more than a week, the two versions of Fire Emblem Fates totaled nearly 400,000 combined units sold, including physical and digital versions. This far outpaces 2013’s Fire Emblem Awakening game, the series’ previous record-holder in the United States, and is a testament to both the longstanding popularity and rapidly growing fan base of the franchise.

Momentum should continue with today’s release of Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, a digital-only third version of the game available for purchase to anyone who owns either Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. Fans have weekly DLC to look forward to purchasing, as well.

February also saw the digital debut of the 2D Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow games in Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The games instantly shot to the top of the charts, and together, combined to break the first-week Nintendo eShop sales record previously held by Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

With classic graphics and timeless gameplay, these versions of the original Pokémon adventure are proving to be a popular way for fans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series."​
Microsoft PR:

"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. 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. Earlier this week, we launched the Xbox One ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ Bundle to coincide with Ubisoft’s release of ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ and looking ahead to this spring, fans can look forward to the upcoming release of the highly-anticipated ‘Quantum Break,’ launching on both Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5, as well as the built-for-Windows 10 visual showcase, ‘Forza Motorsport 6: Apex.’ We are truly grateful to our fans for choosing to play the greatest games lineup in Xbox history across Windows 10 devices, and are excited to share more in the coming months on our full lineup of holiday exclusives as well as new innovations, features and experiences coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Live.” – Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President, Xbox Marketing, Microsoft​
 
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So if PS4 sales are up year over year, and hardware sales are down year over year, does that mean the other hardware are down even more than the 23% to make up for it?

Am I reading this right?
 
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Oh yeah. Well, all 3 combined would have got it to top 3.
You are the ocean's gray waves, destined to seek
Life beyond the shore just out of reach
Yet the waters ever change, flowing like time
The path is yours to climb


Even split up 3 ways, Fire Emblem still charts in a sea of multiplatform games. Amazing. Primal and Naruto did well, and everything else was basically expected.
 
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At this point the PS4 is the John Cena of this hardware gen.

It makes things kinda dull and predictable because you know its going to keep on winning.... But then you get that one upset now and then which adds a spark of excitement.
 
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So if PS4 sales are up year over year, and hardware sales are down year over year, does that mean the other hardware are down even more than the 23% to make up for it?

Am I reading this right?
Not necessarily. One of them could have rose, but the others could have dropped dramatically. It's likely they're all down though.