The NPD Group has released it’s video game sales numbers for March, and these will almost assuredly lead to some fun fanboy fights on the internet. Taking the top seller spot for software is Titanfall, Respawn’s Xbox and PC exclusive. Following Titanfall was Infamous: Second Son, the PS4’s big exclusive, with South Park: The Stick of Truth rounding out the top three. From their we have Call of Duty Ghosts in fourth, Dark Souls II in fifth, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes in sixth, NBA 2K14 in seventh, the remastered version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 in eight, LEGO Movie: The video game in ninth, and Minecraft, surprisingly, taking 10th.
The biggest shocker of this sales data was that the PS4 was still the top system seller. This marks the third month in a row that the PS4 was the number one selling console, despite the fact that Microsoft brought out it’s biggest exclusive yet with Titanfall. These sales numbers are great for the industry as whole though. “PS4 and Xbox One continue to see success with cumulative sales of the two consoles through the first five months currently totaling more than double that of their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan told GameIndustry.biz.
Microsoft has spoken about the news already, with Yusuf Medhi writing a piece on Xbox Wire. In the article, Medhi notes that the Xbox One sold over 311,000 units during March in the US alone, with the Xbox 360 continuing a strong pace with 111,000 units sold. The Xbox One’s current pace is towering over the Xbox 360’s pace at this point after launch by nearly 60%. Titanfall is also the number two selling Xbox One game of all time, despite only being out for a month.
We will update this piece if/when Sony speaks on the NPD sales numbers, but yesterday they announced that the PS4 has surpassed seven million units sold worldwide.
This reporter’s opinion: Wow. Was not expecting the PS4 to take the number one selling spot for hardware. This was Microsoft’s big gun, and apparently it wasn’t enough to beat Sony’s lower priced console. I fully expect, however, that the availability of the PS4 was a big factor. During March, it was much more readily available in the states, which likely helped this bump in sales. I fully expected Titanfall to take the number one spot for software though, and rightfully so. It’s an amazingly fun game that you need to be playing. More surprising to me is that no Nintendo games or hardware were anywhere to be found. It’s unfortunately sad to see.
by, Bobby Marquardt