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February NPD: Strong Vita Launch Can't Halt Sales Slide

It'll take more than a new portable to bring sales back up.

The NPD Group has revealed the industry numbers for February, and sales were down across the board.

Overall US retail sales for the month came in at $1.06 billion, which is down 20% year-over-year. Software fell even further, down 24% to $485.7 million, and even hardware - despite the availability of two new systems in the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita - were down 18% to $381.4 million. The only silver lining is that hardware was up in comparison to the previous month. As for the Vita, Uncharted: Golden Abyss did manage to crack the top 20 on the software charts, and $10 million worth of Vita accessories were sold, too.

At the top of the software list, once again, was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but it was also noted that another of Activision's big titles, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, "easily claimed the top spot for content-related sales." As other hot sellers, Final Fantasy XIII-2 nailed down the #2 spot, and that was followed by UFC Undisputed 3, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Just Dance 3.

Unsurprisingly, Sony wanted to talk about the success of the Vita. Said SCEA Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Patrick Seybold:

"After months of anticipation, the U.S. launch of PlayStation Vita saw overwhelming enthusiasm amongst gamers, resulting in exceptional hardware, software and peripheral sales. As reported last week, more than 1.2M PS Vita units have been sold globally since launch. Customer satisfaction rates are very high and momentum will continue as gamers get their hands on a deep lineup of blockbuster titles that take advantage of PS Vita’s unique features, including cross-platform play with the PlayStation 3."

Just keep the Vita software coming, Sony. Things should turn out just fine for the handheld if you do.

Tags: npd sales, february npd, vita sales, game sales, video games

3/8/2012 8:25:17 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (10 posts)

ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 9:35:03 PM
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I think it's about time that numbers for digital purchases are announced. I know quite a number of folks who decided to go all-digital with their Vita. Only then will we get an accurate picture on how a system or title is performing sales-wise.

But good to know Uncharted: Golden Abyss cracked the Top 20 after being available for just a few days. The same game topped the UK's sales charts on its debut week, after all. And it had to compete with a FIFA game to boot! Uncharted has really become quite the franchise for Sony.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 9:38:27 PM

yeah they need to report on that because it's pretty important these days.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 9:38:01 PM
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Any chance of a Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 review Ben?

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tes37
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 9:44:08 PM
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I see good things for the vita, like helping Sony delay their next console launch. I think Sony is positioning themselves pretty well for the tail end of this generation of gaming. A console and handheld that operate in tandem is better than what the competition has to offer. Only a small minority will buy the first round of next gen consoles, while most will probably buy the ps3 and vita as the price drops.

I got lucky and managed to get a day off with pay on the same day I get my vita. A day off with pay is a rare thing in trim carpentry, in fact it's my first ever. Celebrating with Sony sure sweetens the deal.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 9:49:39 PM

Gotta join a union Son.

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tes37
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 10:03:42 PM

Things are different for me down here in Louisiana. You're not put on one task that you focus on and move quickly through for a large company in assembly line fashion. I have to do it all, or at least be well on my way to learning every aspect of it. That's where the money's at. A union would prevent me from getting all the knowledge I need to work for myself, if that's what I choose to do.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 10:26:48 PM

Gotcha, that's the better route for you then. Just tougher.

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___________
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 2:30:23 AM
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1.2M for 3 months on the market sorry $ony but thats pretty pathetic!

as for feb being low thats not exactly a surprise, we have not had many big releases launch so thats to be expected.
probably biggest most popular release in feb was XIII-2 but that was not exactly lead up with nail biting anticipation!

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fragwitrocks
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 6:22:23 AM
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The vita will do just fine snd @__________,man your such a skid mark on the underpants of gaming.To damn negative you are, just puff on one and chill!-___-

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JackC8
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 8:48:11 AM
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Really sad commentary on gaming in general that MW3 is still #1 in sales. Like "Be a gamer, join the herd."

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