February NPD: Dead Space 3 Dismembers the Competition
Posted by Sammy Barker
Sly Cooper squeezes into the top ten
Despite speculation regarding its disappointing sales, Dead Space 3 managed to fire its way to the summit of the North American sales charts in February. The space shooter pushed Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 into second, while Crysis 3, NBA 2K13, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance rounded out the top five. The critically panned Aliens: Colonial Marines fired its way into sixth.
In slightly more unexpected news, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time managed to sneak into ninth position. According to some guesswork by the folks over at NeoGAF, the title sold at least 117,000 units across the PlayStation 3 and Vita, which is a reasonable number considering the game was released to very little fanfare at all.
Total video game sales in February, including software, hardware, and accessories, recorded $810 million, down 25 per cent from 2012. According to the NPD’s estimates, digital transactions registered about $319 million, while used games and rentals hit $90 million, bringing the month’s total spend up to around $1.2 billion.
Sony failed to provide any firm sales figures for the PS3, but Vita sales supposedly increased by 30 per cent over January. Once again, the Xbox 360 was the best selling console of the month, selling 302,000 units in total. We’ve included the full software top ten in the space below. Let us know about your latest purchases in the comments section.
February NPD Software
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