March NPD: PlayStation 4 Returns To #1, Bloodborne Is #2
Thanks to the release of the new Nintendo 3DS, the PlayStation 4 was knocked from its #1 perch in February.
But Nintendo's new handheld couldn't earn a repeat performance. According to the March NPD numbers, Sony's console was once again top dog for the month in the US.
Overall, the month wasn't as good as March 2014 in terms of hardware: Sales of consoles and handhelds hit $311.1 million this year, compared with last year's $393.4 million. But NPD analyst Liam Callahan adds the following:
"Console hardware was the primary culprit responsible for the March 2015 sales decline, with a 29 percent, or $104 million decrease, in spending while portable hardware rose by 71 percent over last year."
As for software, Battlefield: Hardline was atop the game chart, with the PS4 exclusive, Bloodborne, coming in at #2. Remember, though, these statistics only include physical sales of games; it was recently revealed that From Software's challenging action/RPG was actually ahead of Hardline on the PS4 digital list.
Here's March's Top 10:
- Battlefield Hardline
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Mario Party 10
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- MLB 15: The Show
- NBA 2K15
- Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
- Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD
"March 2015 software sales showed growth across all three eighth generation consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U), collectively increasing by 58 percent versus March 2014. This is a sign of the health of the eight generation console space; especially when considering the strong March 2014 software releases (as a comparison) such as Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son."
4/16/2015 9:08:28 PM Ben Dutka