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NPD Sales Results for March 2016



March retail game sales are approximately year over year.

Hardware was down 19% year over year.

Retail game sales were up 8% year over year.



  1. Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  2. Far Cry: Primal (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  5. UFC 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
  6. MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  7. Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
  8. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PSe)
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  10. Minecraft (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3)
- “Tom Clancy’s The Division had the best launch month for any Tom Clancy title to-date, having sold 40 percent more than the next best-selling Tom Clancy title, March 2008’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 when adjusted for number of days sold within the month,” said Callahan.
- “Stemming from strong launches of Tom Clancy’s The Division and Far Cry: Primal, Ubisoft is the number one software publisher for Q1 2016, with a unit sales increase of close to 130 percent, and a dollar sales increase of over 200 percent.”
- For Portable software, unit sales and revenue were down 19 percent and 16 percent, respectively, in March 2016 compared to last year.”
- The PS4 was the #1 platform for software sales.
- Zelda was No. 3 by SKU. Pokken Tournament was No. 4 by SKU.


PS4: #1 platform

- “Portable hardware sales had the highest dollar sales volume decline versus last March, followed closely by [current-generation] consoles,” said Callahan.
- “Seventh generation consoles had a steep percentage decline of 78 percent, though those sales now represent only 2 percent of the month’s sales.”

Other Information:

Sony PR:
“Thank you to our fans and partners for making PlayStation 4 the top-selling console and software sales leader for the month of March, as well as the number-one console for fans of The Division, according to NPD. We are truly humbled by the success and look forward to delivering more amazing gaming experiences throughout 2016, including the launch of PlayStation VR this October.”

Microsoft PR:
“In March, global hours spent gaming on Xbox One increased 89 percent compared to last year. Xbox Live engagement was driven by the greatest games lineup, including new titles released in March like ‘Killer Instinct: Season 3’ and ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division.’ ‘Killer Instinct: Season 3’ has seen record engagement across Xbox One and Windows 10 since it launched on March 29, making March the best month ever for the franchise with more than 6 million unique players.Last week, on April 5, we launched ‘Quantum Break’ to critical acclaim and it became the best-selling Xbox game around the world, and is now the biggest-selling new Microsoft Studios published IP this generation. We can’t thank our fans enough for their continued support and we’re looking forward to bringing more unprecedented experiences on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Live later this year.”



GTA5 will never fall off the chart

also damn amiibo really helped sell TPHD,

I wonder if pokken tournement might placed higher if it had a exclusive amiibo with it



Twilight Princess may have been helped by the amiibo, but ultimately it did well on basis of being Twilight Princess. It was always going to do well.

Nice to see Pokken charting as well. Ubi is the real winner though, and it seems they've earned their high spots.
Oh man I can't remember who that Nintendo dude was in the prediction thread but I owe you big time you were so right about Zelda.

I didn't think it would sniff the top 3.

You sir were wrong.


Tomodachi wa Mahou
Are people really surprised to see a Pokemon game make the top 10? Huh?

Wonder what MLB sold, same position as last year so I guess it'd roughly be the same.
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