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NPD: Game Sales Slump For The Month Of February

Ubisoft should be proud of its new IP For Honor, which led the sales charts for the month of February, despite having only 12 days on market before the end of the month. Team Ninja's Nioh didn't debut as strong, and barely squeezing into the top 10, at the number 9 spot. Meanwhile, Capcom's Resident Evil 7: Biohazard continues to sell well, taking the number two spot.

On the hardware front, total hardware spending for February declined by 30 percent when compared to February of last year. Console hardware accounted for 82 percent of the total decline in the market. The PlayStation 4 was the top-selling hardware system for the fifth month running. Meanwhile, the Nintendo 3DS system sales were up by 77 percent when compared to just last month, which is probably due to the release of the 3DS New Galaxy and the limited Pikachu Yellow models.

NPD Top 10 Games for February

  1. For Honor
  2. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  6. Rainbow Six: Siege
  7. Madden NFL 17
  8. Battlefield 1
  9. Nioh
  10. Overwatch

 

Our Take
I had a decent time with For Honor, so I'm happy to see that it's near the top of the list. I'm also happy to see that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard still near the top of this list. We know that Horizon Zero Dawn has sold well, but since that game didn't release until the very end of the month, it's not surprising to see it absent from this list. Overall, February's sales slump isn't anything to worry about, as March is shaping up to be a killer month.

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Horizon Zero Dawn worldwide sales top 2.6 million

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Two-Week Sales Blast Past 2.6 Million Copies

We knew that Guerrilla Games' new game Horizon Zero Dawn was a critical success, but now Sony has confirmed that it's also done pretty darned well in the sales department. According to the publisher, more than 2.6 million copies of the game have been sold globally in the two weeks since its release.

Unlike much of the number-fudging that goes on in the games industry, that's sold through, and not just copies sold to retailers. Guerrilla is, unsurprisingly, stoked.

"We're thrilled that Horizon Zero Dawn has been embraced by critics and players alike. Developing the game was a labor of love, so it's extremely satisfying to see that it elicits the same passion and enthusiasm from the gaming public that we felt during its development," said Guerrilla managing director Hermen Hulst. "This is only the beginning of Aloy's story and our exploration of the world of Horizon Zero Dawn, with the team already hard at work on an expansion to the story."

If you're among those 2.6 million consumers, you might want to take a look at Jeff Marchiafava's helpful tips for the game.

 

Our Take
I'm glad to hear that the team is working on more content, but they shouldn't feel like they're on a tight deadline here. There's a lot to explore in Horizon, and I doubt I'll get anywhere close to finishing it soon at the pace I'm on. 

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Rocket League Sales At 10.5 Million, No Sequel On The Way

Rocket League continues to sell like hotcakes, and its frequent updates have allowed it to maintain a steady life with many of its players. Those updates, as well as the high concurrent playerbase are also why we may not see a sequel for a long time.

Speaking with Youtube channel Kinda Funny Games, developer Psyonix Vice President Jeremy Dunham said that the game has sold 10.5 million copies, with almost 29 million registered players (this includes PlayStation Plus sales and split-screen players who may not have bought the game). Seven million of those players played last month, according to Dunham.

Speaking on the topic of a sequel, Dunham said they're hesitant due to the way a sequel could split the playerbase. ""Why would we want to take this huge community that we've already built, that's still growing, and say, 'What you're playing now is going to be irrelevant in 12 months," Dunham said. "Our goal was to keep making Rocket League better and better so that we don't lose any of the people that want to play." Dunham said the developer is still looking at new features and ways to improve Rocket League well into the future.

 

Our Take
I have to imagine a few people around the office here are bummed they won't be playing a new Rocket League soon, but the current one should be good enough to console them. 

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Switch sets new 48-hour sales record for Nintendo hardware in the Americas

Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime reportedly said that the Switch has set a new record at Nintendo for most sales (in the Americas) in the first 48 hours. …


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Report: The Switch Sets New 48 Hour Sales Record For A Nintendo Console

It appears that Nintendo's new console is off to a strong start. In fact, it might be the strongest start the company has ever had when it's come to launching hardware.

The New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield says he recently had an interview with Nintendo Of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé and came back with some interesting information, particularly regarding the console's early sales performance:

According to Wingfield, Fils-Aimé also says that The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is the company's best-selling launch title ever:

For more on The Nintendo Switch, be sure to check out our hardware review. You can also read our review of Breath Of The Wild, which scored a 10, here.

[Source: Twitter]

 

Our Take
Since this information is coming from a series of tweets sent out by a reporter for a (albeit very reputable) publication, it might be best to view these statements with a grain of salt. But still, if true, this is pretty big second wind for Nintendo.

Of course, this is only the beginning, so it'll be interesting to see how things play out once The Switch's honeymoon period is over and people are looking to use the console to play something that isn't The Legend of Zelda.

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Zenimax files to halt sales of Oculus tech containing stolen code

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Leads January’s Game Sales

Resident Evil 7's house of horrors proved popular last month, helping lead the charge into 2017.

Capcom's newest entry in its long-lived horror franchise was the best selling game of January 2017 even though it was only on sale for one week in that month. This is good news for Capcom, because the last time the publisher had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was March of 2009 with Resident Evil 5. In total, game software sales actually grew by about $ 39 million when compared to the same date a year ago.

However, the industries sales actually fell by about four percent overall thanks to a decline in hardware from the previous year. This is likely due to the fact that the PS4 and Xbox One are over three years old at this point and many players have finally purchased the newest hardware. The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware of January 2017 while the NES Classic Edition was the third best-selling console of the month.

Here’s the full report of the top selling physical sales of software for January 2017:

  1. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Battlefield 1
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
  7. Madden NFL 17
  8. Watch Dogs 2
  9. Overwatch
  10. FIFA 17

 

Our Take
It's nice to see Resident Evil selling well as it's one of the best entries in the series in years. It's also interesting to see that Call of Duty is still selling well, even though Activision isn't happy with the sales. I'm also impressed that Overwatch remains on the top 10 even though its about eight months old at this point.

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Clash Royale dev Supercell’s sales growth stalled in 2016 — but profits went up

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Resident Evil 7 surpasses 3M sales in under three weeks

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, the latest entry in Capcom’s long-running horror franchise, has surpassed 3 million sales worldwide.¬† …


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