The NPD figures for US games industry sales in February are in, showing strong year-on-year growth led by... yes, Nintendo.
Total sales in February climbed 10% to $1.47 billion. Hardware was up 11% to $532.7 million, while software climbed 9% to $733.5 million.
That increase could have been larger, but as NPD industry analyst, Anita Frazier, explained, "Consumers picked up nearly 20 million units of video game software in February, a 14% increase over February 2008. The average retail price for games is 4% lower than last year, which is why the dollar sales increase is not quite keeping in pace with the increase in unit sales."
The biggest growth was in accessories, which were up 13% to $207.1 million.
Unsurprisingly, Wii far and away led the pack with sales of 753,000. Also unsurprising was the DS sitting behind it, with sales of 588,000. The Xbox 360 came in third with 391,000 sales, while the PS3 sat at 276,000. Rounding out hardware sales were the PSP and PS2, racking up 199,000 and 131,000 sales respectively.
In software, Wii Fit
was top of the pile. Capcom's Street Fighter IV
was in second and third, with the 360 version beating the PS3 release by 43,000 sales. Killzone 2
fared well, given its release just a day before the end of February. It came in fifth with 323,000 sales. You can see the Top 10 in full below.
While overall year on year was not quite as high for February as it was for January, the US industry is tracking well so far, with 11% growth over last year.Hardware
Xbox 360: 391,000
1. Wii Fit
(Wii) Nintendo – 644,000
2. Street Fighter IV
(Xbox 360) Capcom – 446,000
3. Street Fighter IV
(PS3) Capcom – 403,000
4. Wii Play
(Wii) Nintendo – 386,000
5. Killzone 2
(PS3) Sony - 323,000
6. Mario Kart Wii
(Wii) Nintendo – 263,000
7. Call of Duty: World at War
(Xbox 360) Activision – 193,000
8. Mario Kart DS
(DS) Nintendo - 145,000
9. New Super Mario Bros.
(DS) Nintendo – 144,000
10. Guitar Hero World Tour
(Wii) Activision – 136,000Source: Game Daily