BioShock Infinite Leads US Sales for March
The NPD Group has revealed the top ten best-selling games in the United States for the month of March.
Total game sales for the month were $992.5 million (down 10% compared to March 2012), though software sales were up 2% to $602.4 million.
The best-selling titles in the United States for the period between March 3rd and April 6th were the following:
- BioShock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)**
- Tomb Raider (360, PS3)**
- Gears of War: Judgment (360)
- God of War: Ascension (PS3)**
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, NWU)**
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
- MLB 13: The Show (PS3, PSV)
- NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, WII, NWU, PSP, PC)**
- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (360, PS3, NWU)
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (360, PS3)
**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
(Update: According to GameSpot, Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz reports that BioShock Infinite sales hit 878,000 in the U.S. in March and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct sales were “surprisingly strong.”)
According to NPD analyst Liam Callahan, “March 2013 saw deep declines of 32% in dollar spending for dedicated video game hardware, with stronger declines for portable hardware than for consoles. However, sales for the Nintendo 3DS grew 9% over last March. In March 2013, the Xbox 360 had the highest hardware unit sales for the 20th month in a row.”
Callahan added that “with solid performances of new games like Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, 3DS software sales increased over 50% from last March.” He also noted that “based on the launch of BioShock Infinite and continued strength of NBA 2K13, software sales for Take 2 Interactive were the highest for any March since The NPD Group began tracking retail sales (1995).”
As for accessories, Callahan reports that “continued strength of Skylanders, point cards, and headsets/headphones resulted in a 15% growth in unit sales for March 2013 over March 2012.”
Microsoft reports that 261,000 Xbox 360s were sold in the United States in March, with total retail spend (the amount spent by consumers on hardware, software and accessories) reaching $402 million for the month. Microsoft notes that Xbox 360 sold “more units in March than any other console, marking the 27th consecutive month as the best-selling console in the United States.”
As Nintendo reported yesterday, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon has sold 415,000 copies in the U.S. to date (365,000 sold in March) including both retail and digital sales, while Fire Emblem Awakening sold 64,000 units in March for a cumulative total of 240,000 across both digital and retail sales. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity sold 145,000 units for the month including digital and physical sales.
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