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NPD Group sales numbers for February

NPD-Group

Unlike Japan’s Media Create, which releases sales numbers for consoles and software on a weekly basis, the North American based NPD Group only releases numbers on a monthly basis. They’ve finally gotten around to releasing numbers for February, providing us a look at the top ten selling software titles in the United States, as well as a rough estimate of how each console is doing.

The sad news here is that despite being released in February, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze didn’t even crack the top ten list. It should be noted that DKC: Tropical Freeze released on February 21, so it only had about a week of sales unlike other titles. Perhaps we’ll see it in the charts come March.

Bravely Default garnered enough sales for it to crack the top ten, which is a miracle for a JRPG on a handheld here in America. Check out our Bravely Default review to see if the game is worthy of your attention.

Software Sales

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
  2. The Lego Movie Videogame (360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
  3. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Thief (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  6. Battlefield 4 PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  8. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360)
  9. Minecraft (360)
  10. Bravely Default (3DS)

Hardware Sales

  1. PlayStation 4: 284K
  2. Xbox One: 256K
  3. Wii U: 82.5K

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  • David Trail

    Thief and COD and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze not in sight. When will PS4 and Xbox One fans get some taste?

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      I bought Thief on PC because I got it for around $25. It’s not that bad of a game, despite what reviewers are saying. I’ve been enjoying the exploration, though I’ve only done three or so levels so far. From what I understand, the story is completely terrible, though.

      • David Trail

        A story driven game and ther story is terrible, hmmm.

        • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

          Actually, if they had left the story out entirely it would have been better. It’s not really story driven which is what makes the game terrible. It’s a ten year old reboot of a series that was about looting rich mansions and castles.

          • Michael Hughes

            This is more or less how I felt about Dishonored’s story, too. Given the talent behind the writing and the money spent on voice acting, I was surprised to find such contrivance.

          • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

            The story in Dishonored was mounds better than what’s been encountered in Thief so far, so take that as you will.

          • Michael Hughes

            I will take it. Under cover of darkness when you aren’t looking.

        • MerryBlind .

          Except it’s not a story driven game? lol. It’s a game about gameplayd and immersion, and that’s the two things the game got right, so it seems like a good game to me!

          • David Trail

            Still the majority think it’s a bad game. I certainly am not interested.

      • MerryBlind .

        Yeah I’m planning to get it on PC too at some point, I find the gameplay looks great and the visuals are definitely my cup of tea! Before that , I might try myself at the very first Thief game though!

        • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

          If you do pick it up from GOG.com, be aware there’s a player compiled mod to make the game run better on modern consoles and spruce up the graphics a bit. You can find it here:

          http://www.thedarkmod.com/main/

          • MerryBlind .

            Thanks for the advice!

    • matthew garcia

      Maybe ps4 and xbox 1 fans just don’t like cartoons anymore. Hell maybe the Japanese don’t neither. Donkey Kong is selling like crap there also

      • David Trail

        Japanese people love anime and cartoons you fool. Why do you think ps4 software sells like crap over there?

        • matthew garcia

          Well what’s your defense for wii u selling like crap in japan

          • David Trail

            It’s doing well in Japan dude…

          • matthew garcia

            If u call selling 8000 consoles a week good that’s funny. Old ass ps3 has been kicking it’s ass every week that I have seen. They actually still get games every month still to. Wii u ‘s 1 game every 3 months is hurting them

          • David Trail

            1 game every month? You forget indie and virtual console titles.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Indies and VC sales make up little compared to retail games.

          • matthew garcia

            Ha lol indie titles is not the reason people buy a console what a lame excuse. Also I don’t want to download handheld games on my console I want nintendo 64 and gamecube but instead give us ds games. I kinda understand though with that pathetic 32 gigs they put on the wii u. Can’t download crap on that

          • oontz

            LOL, 32,000 units a month is not “doing well”

  • Jonathan George Anaya

    I read that DKCTP sold 120,000 copies in North America in Feb… This is not a console seller as pointed out by Forbes.

    • David Trail

      It damn, well should be though. Stupid COD/ Dude Bros!

    • Gabe Hoffman

      Actually Wii U sales went up by 25% and for the record DK was number 4 single SKUs. Also Forbes apparently forgets that DK like most Nintendo games will likely continue to sell over a period of several years

      • David Trail

        I know Nintendo games sell well over a period of years. Other games just get forgotten about.

    • MerryBlind .

      Keep in mind it was released at the end of February, so it’s actually 120,000 copies in a week, not in a month.

      I don’t think it’s a big system seller, but it’s one more great game to the Wii U’s library, and I do believe the Wii U’s library will win people over with time. When big hitters like Mario Kart and Smash and even Zelda later on will come out, uneducated people will realize there are more great games on Wii U then they first thought.

      • matthew garcia

        Nintendos problem is that they keep talking about those same games u just mentioned. It’s like it’s the only news they have to talk about. Why havnt they talked about new games for 2015. Like actually building hype. Nintendos marketing is a joke. They have all that money and can’t advertise for shit. Sony is struggling as a company and yet they still advertise like crazy

        • MerryBlind .

          Dude…. they keep talking a lot about MK8 and SmashU recently because they’re both VERY BIG franchises that are coming SOON.

          Why aren’t they talking about 2015? BECAUSE E3 IS THERE FOR THAT DUH.

          What are Sony talking about? The Order 1866 and inFamous 3, which are both set for 2014. So I’ll ask you the same question: “Why havnt they talked about new games for 2015″?

          Think a bit next time.

          • matthew garcia

            They have kingdom hearts 3 which wii u is not getting

          • MerryBlind .

            Well Wii U has Zelda which PS4 is not getting?

          • matthew garcia

            I know that’s why I own both consoles

          • MerryBlind .

            Ok…. well good for you…. that’s not really relevant though now is it?

          • matthew garcia

            Yeah it is cuz I get the unlimited gaming experience. Every generation I have always owned all the big consoles. No way could I have just a wii u and 3ds. I love to many different games. I will criticize any of the consoles I own also.

          • MerryBlind .

            I get that, and I agree. I’m rocking the PC+WiiU combo right now, and probably for the whole generation unless something truly mindblowing comes out on PS4.

            I meant it was irrelevant to our little argument we were having, but nevermind it wasn’t really important anyway.

            Cheers!

          • matthew garcia

            Oh lol my bad. I also waiting for final fantasy 15 and and the Witcher 3. I definitely want X for wii u also. I actually want that more then zelda

          • MerryBlind .

            X does seem interesting, but it’s not really my kind of game, same for FF15. Witcher 3 will be amazing though and really is my kind of game, but I yet have to finish the 1st and play the 2nd……. I have A LOT of catch-up to do lol…

          • matthew garcia

            Yeah its hard to know what to spend your money on

          • fireheartis1

            I would love to be able to own a PS4 and XB1 along with my Wii U, but alas I can’t. That’s why I’m glad I have some older systems as well to buy for. The Xbox Classic has many great games I haven’t even touched yet, and the Saturn although many games are very expensive I still need to catch up on. I wont be buy the expensive games for Saturn but there are many cheap ones I can buy. Once PS4 and XB1 lower in price I’ll get both. Both systems seem like great fun to own and I’ll be able to play many great games once they do. I hope your having a great time with all three of these current gen systems, and my your gaming force be with you lol.

          • matthew garcia

            Yeah man I always found myself going back to retro gaming. About month back I beat Chrono cross for the first time. Thought it was a great game

  • Capt. Smoker

    Good to see a jrpg selling well for a change, they used to be really popular on the ps2 and always sold well, hoping their in for a comeback :) I’ve missed them, sometimes shounen animes just don’t do it enough

  • Jaymes Deen

    Anyone have the January #’s for system Hardware sales, to compare these Feb #’s, for the X1, PS4 and the U.

  • David Trail

    What are the life times sales of Wii U? I don’t believe 5.8 million is right. It hasn’t been updated in a while by the looks of it.

    • Gameonfool

      Probably closer to 6.5m by now, I think by the time kart, smash and x etc hit it should have passed 10m by then

      • David Trail

        Why does VGCHARTZ not update it regularly?

        • Petri

          Vgchartz gets their numbers by counting magic beans, then updating when they get official announcements.

      • matthew garcia

        According to Iwatas original goal it was suppose to have hit 10 million by this month. It never came close

    • oontz

      It was 5.7million at the end of 2013. It must be over 6 now.

  • Ryan F

    NPD’s numbers for WiiU hardware in Feb are higher than what VGchartz tracked, and are 24% higher than WiiU in Feb 2013. While we clearly want the WiiU to do better, it’s still doing badly. Nonethless, the sales/userbase are growing.

    • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

      Congratulations, your comment was featured by Wii U daily.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      I believe those are monthly sales. 82k is quite low. VGchartz has never been reliable, so no one should pay attention to it.

  • james

    Glad to see Xbox One sales close in on PS4, its a great console.

    • David Trail

      Wii U and Xbox One are better than PS4 IMO.

      • steve

        ha!

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          He only started praising Xbox One over PS4 when Phil Spencer from Microsoft started to praise Smash Bros. The logic in fanboys. ;P

    • Ducked

      The only reason its close is because Sony still has a low stock on PS4’s.

  • Dark-Link73

    CoD in first place? Huh. Seeing how the Wii U is doing in Japan, 82.5k units for the month is not THAT bad.

  • FoxMulder900

    Does anyone know if NPD can track eShop sales? Or are those figures excluded?

  • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

    I’m Kinda sad that Bravely Default is at the bottom of the list…

    • Ducked

      Most people in the US has a pretty bad taste in gaming, just look at what’s at #1

      • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

        *SMH* sad era of gaming we live in….

        • Ducked

          Couldn’t agree more

      • Fernando Garcia

        Call of Duty > JRPG’s.

        Yeah, don’t you realize that I and many others have that opinion?

        • fireheartis1

          You and many others just suck at choosing games then. That’s what’s wrong with North American gaming now days. Too many people care about the same stupid fps that comes out every year. Don’t get me wrong COD is a fun game, but come on it’s just a slight upgrade each year. That’s why I’ve stuck to COD Black Ops 1 and I’m not buying a new one. Unfortunately I don’t own a 3DS yet, so I can’t by Bravely Default, but once I get one it’s on the top of my list of games to get. Until then I’m waiting patiently for X.

    • B. J. K.

      Notice how bravely default is the only one that is made for just one console. Minecraft doesn’t count because it has a PC backup.

  • Ducked

    Nice improvement for the Wii U, 82k sales ain’t bad since Tropical Freeze isn’t a system seller. But why the heck are people buying a Xbox One? The system is crap, but I guess its for that Titanfall release even though you can play it on 360 and PC. I’m glad to see PS4 continues to dominate even with their shortage of systems.

    • Blarg

      Lol cry your sweet fanboy tears. Xbox is an incredibly popular brand and is selling incredibly well. Sorry bud!

      • Ducked

        I won’t argue with a 9 year old. Sorry.

        Ps: Ps4 is winning

        • Blarg

          Do you think I give a crap? If you base your console choice and enjoyment off of sales then you’re:

          a) a tool;
          or b) an idiot.

          • Ducked

            I guess your bipolar

          • Blarg

            Lol what’s that random comment got to do with anything?

            Meh, I’m probably being trolled, I guess I could be using my time on people who want a proper debate lol

  • Ducked

    Well we learned how many idiot americans are still buying Call of Duty. And we also learned that Final Fantasy is big enough in the US for another spinoff game to be in the top 10.

  • Ricky_NGmr

    I read somewhere that apparently The Lego Movie Videogame sold more on WiiU than on the others… anyone got a confirmation on it? I believe could be the case against PS4/XBO… but 360/PS3…?

    • Ryan F

      No, but it’s close to a 3-way tie with X1 and PS4 versions outselling WiiU. The 3DS version sold just as much as the WiiU version — so Nintendo still has most of the market share for Lego games.

  • andrewjcole

    Lol. So many “hardcore games” and LEGO Movie Videogame slips in there.

  • Logan Waltz

    A retard could have told us what generic games would sell best

  • e_rocket

    so sad!!! :(

  • Josie the Sketcher

    LOL! Call of Duty: Ghosts is number 1? What is wrong with this generation of gaming??? This is evidence that gamers are dumbing down.