February NPD: Dead Space 3 takes top spot
Remember all those rumors that poor sales of Dead Space 3 caused EA to cancel the inevitable Dead Space 4? Well, turns out Dead Space 3 took the top spot for February, according to the latest NPD U.S. sales data. Dead Space 3 outsold Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 last month, in addition to Crysis 3 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
As a whole, video game sales--including hardware, accessories, and software--were down about 25 percent from last year at this time..
The PlayStation Vita was up 30 percent in February and the Xbox 360 sold 302,000, keeping it the top-selling console for 19 months in a row. NPD analyst Liam Callahan said new launches in February 2013 performed worse than last year with unit sales down 30 percent. Hardware, on the other hand, increased from January into February. "Specifically, new platforms like the Wii U and PS Vita demonstrated some momentum from the typical January hardware lull with increases of over 40 percent and 30 percent respectively."
Here are the top selling games for February (Feb. 3-March 2)
1) Dead Space 3
2) Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
3) Crysis 3
4) NBA 2K13
5) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
6) Aliens: Colonial Marines
7) Just Dance 4
8) Far Cry 3
9) Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
10) Madden NFL 13