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NPD: Hardware sales up

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I love when NPD numbers come out. Mostly because they follow common sense and lead to some inane analysis like “the release of new consoles means that more people are buying hardware” and other such obvious statements. At least we can see which console is “winning” and you may be surprised by the top-selling games of last month.

The NPD reports that the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One in quantity – though admittedly not by all that much. In fact, the higher price of Microsoft’s console means that the income they receive is higher. The Xbox One sold 258k units in the US of A in February compared to the PS4’s 287k. But that’s not all – the Wii U saw 25% hardware sales growth in February, fueled by high sales of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Software sales were also strong, but with lower price points for games like The LEGO Movie game, the total dollar sales rates were down. So, what were the top ten games in physical retail for February?

  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  • The LEGO Movie Videogame
  • NBA 2K14
  • Thief
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Battlefield 4
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  • Minecraft
  • Bravely Default

I’m happy to hear that the Wii U is doing better – it’s a fun console that is seriously underused. Perhaps now that people are in the market for new consoles, and they’re seeing the competition, they realize the value of Nintendo’s console? Or maybe Donkey Kong is just that powerful. It’s nice to see such a variety of games at the top – I wonder if Titanfall will knock COD off its top spot next month, and how inFamous Second Son will rank up in the first battle of major exclusives.

Last Updated: March 14, 2014

69 Comments

  1. VampyreSquirrel

    March 14, 2014 at 08:15

    PC part and PC sales are probably up too… why you ask… well all I’ll say is The Witcher

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    • Kromas

      March 14, 2014 at 08:30

      As well as Watchdogs and Dragon Age and probably on a lesser note Doom Beta.

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 14, 2014 at 08:31

      I have to upgrade soon, almost time to do my e-filing.

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      • Mossel

        March 14, 2014 at 09:22

        e-filing! Yes! That can totally fund my gpu!

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 14, 2014 at 09:29

          Fund? noooo! It’s the reason for a new GPU… need to do efiling in HD at high frames per second.

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          • Mossel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:31

            Ofcourse. You speak truth Squirrel. I mean, if it is not in HD I might miss something and not get all the money SARS owes me!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 14, 2014 at 09:40

          lol. I always regard my tax refund as “free” money that I use to splurge on something cool that I’ve wanted but never got because it doesn’t fit into the old budget.

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          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:40

            Same here.

    • Captain Hobbit Popper

      March 14, 2014 at 08:39

      That’s why I went with a console. Expensive once. Not expensive every new game.

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 14, 2014 at 08:59

        I have an xbox 360, which has served me well, and will continue to, but at this stage I’d rather spend R7000+ on a PC upgrade than a PS4 or Xbone.

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        • Kromas

          March 14, 2014 at 09:02

          Let us say you spend R15000 on a pc. At most a pc game is R500 and let us not forget GoG/Steam special as well as humble bundle. How much are console games these days? πŸ˜›

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          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:03

            If you spend 15k on a pc you’ve got a freaking titan.
            You build something that’s better than the new consoles for 8k.

          • CypherGate

            March 14, 2014 at 09:04

            Yeah but its all about the games at the end of the day.

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:07

            My pc cost me double that. I was just making a point πŸ˜›

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:08

            Wow. Mine was 8k a year ago and I’m still running most games on high.

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:10

            I just spend 9k last year November on a R9290X and I am planning on buying it a brother just so I won’t get caught in CrossFire. πŸ˜›

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:10

            Wow dude. I’m so freaking jealous right now.

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:12

            Yeah. Just remember an awesome pc and loads of Collectors Editions is why I drive Polo and only buy new stuff for my house every 3 years. πŸ˜›

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:14

            Haha. Well, that’s the thing about being a serious pc gamer. It’s your pride and joy.

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:16

            HEY!!! I take offense to that!! SHE is not an IT! She is my little baby. (Or sometimes she is a beast when I show her off to people)

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:19

            True. Sorry about that.
            I’m sure she’s a beauty. πŸ˜‰

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:22

            Yeah I just gave her a clean recently. She really liked that.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 14, 2014 at 09:47

            Many moons ago I decided to clean my PC. Unclipped the heat sink & lifted it out to give a it a nice clean, and because the damn heat paste had set like superglue the CPU was ripped out along with it. Mobo buggered lol. It’s only funny now, then I was not a happy person.

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:57

            That is why I never use the “generic” paste that you get with your heat-sink. Just replacing the paste on the standard heat-sink alone will improve the heat dissipation already.

          • Mossel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:27

            Hahaha! “buying it a brother just so I won’t get caught in CrossFire”
            That sounds like a horible pun from a 80s action movie!

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:33

            Well yeah I had to put CrossFire in somehow cause that’s the only reason I would want a second card cause the only game I can’t play at max gfx is the new Metro and that won’t do.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:34

            Metro is a beast.

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:36

            On a side note. The only reason I am ramping up my pc to such a degree is for Star Citizen.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:37

            I hear you. I think I’ll start saving until then so long.

          • Mossel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:36

            Is Metro really that intense? So I guess my poor 560Ti will suffer. There, there little guy, just give it your best. *pats 560Ti on the gpu equivalent of a shoulder*

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:37

            No single GPU can run metro at max gfx at this current point in time. Only SLI and CrossFire setups can and even they struggle at 2 cards. What you really need is 3 cards. πŸ˜›

          • Skoobaz

            March 14, 2014 at 09:59

            Makes me wanna play Blood Dragon

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:07

            lol! R750-R1000… if I buy a PS4 and 8 games (at R900) this year, I’ll be spending R14200 in that year… If I spend even R9000 on a PC upgrade, and same amount of games (at R500), that’s R13000… saving of R1200 in my first year just for upgrading my PC.

          • MakeItLegal

            March 14, 2014 at 09:33

            Well said

          • Rags

            March 14, 2014 at 09:38

            And that PC will last the whole generation of a console. Nevermind the fact you can mod your games and do everything else with your PC. πŸ˜‰

        • CypherGate

          March 14, 2014 at 09:02

          Your R7000 pc will get you 90% FPS’s basically. Yup i know there other games on pc, but FPS’s are the majority. I have a 5 year old PC and that serves me well for games like Civilisation and some FPS’s, but other games ill stick to my 360 for the time being until console prices drop. You will never get games like Infamous Second Son on PC. Thats why ill still get into the console world cause of the games thats not on pc.

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          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:08

            Don’t forget HD is a choice on all new PC games. πŸ˜›

          • CypherGate

            March 14, 2014 at 09:47

            lol yip it definitely is a choice whereas console has its own dilemma with Resogate lol, but thing is say for example with pc games such as Metro 2033. You a nice SLI setup to run max settings and full 1080p. Lots of people need to cut corners to run a game like that at decent framerates and even reduce resolution to get something looking and running decent. With consoles you still get really great graphics (depends on the game ofcourse) running 720p or a bit higher 900p and it still looks great running and great framerates. so where i agree with you that HD is a choice… I just think its a choice for the uber pc gamer ^_^

          • Kromas

            March 14, 2014 at 09:59

            Yeah Metro is an exception to the rule … not the rule itself. Even cry-engine games look considerably better at HD than their console counterparts and that’s at medium graphics.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:13

            Yeah, but I’ll only join the new gen in about 3 years time… i just can’t justify getting a new console at the moment, mostly because I get more use out of my PC.

            I only got my 360 3 years into last gen.

        • Captain Hobbit Popper

          March 14, 2014 at 09:06

          Most games I wait 1 year and the price goes from R500-R800 to R250-R400.

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          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:09

            On Steam over a year, and on sale, you’ll be paying about 150-100 for a game. Sometimes even less.

          • Mossel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:24

            $10 for all the GTA on steam. Right now. Must. Resist. O_O

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:30

            What!?
            Got the new humble bundle. So I’m being strong.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:30

            I has them all already *beams*

          • Mossel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:33

            Well done! They only one I played was GTA3 back in the day on my friends PS2. I actually only want GTA4, but for R40 more I can get all the rest! Dammit. That’s how they get you.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:36

            It really is. I got GTA IV and Sleeping Dogs at the same time (hadn’t played GTA IV before) so was very underwhelmed after Sleeping Dogs. Feel like it was really unfair to GTA.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 14, 2014 at 11:46

            I have GTA 1 and 2 on emulator (from my PS days), 3 to SA on PC (Original) and 4 and 5 on Xbox

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 14, 2014 at 09:13

            Yeah, I was just making a point.

      • General JJ the Fett

        March 14, 2014 at 09:01

        Oh. That doesn’t really hold up anymore these days. Since the console games are nearly a grand. So for every five games you buy on console over pc, you could’ve afforded a new piece of hardware. So pc’s are becomming the cheaper option.

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      • Mossel

        March 14, 2014 at 09:23

        $10 for all the GTA (up until 4, obviously) on Steam. Your argumant is invalid. xD

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      • ToshZA

        March 14, 2014 at 10:28

        With console game prices continuing to climb up to the R800 mark, and possibly higher, I have to completely disagree with you. I buy games on pc for less than R100, on average. Bioshock Infinite was only R78 yesterday. Beat that price on a console. Go on, beat it. You can’t. The lowest priced, old game I’ve seen in R200, your only bet is 2nd hand, and even then you’re not guaranteed to ever find it.

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  2. Robert Hart

    March 14, 2014 at 08:19

    Wish Steam released their sales figures.

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 14, 2014 at 08:32

      EA would crap themselves.

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      • Admiral Chief of comments

        March 14, 2014 at 08:35

        There won’t be enough toilet paper in the world…

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        • General JJ the Fett

          March 14, 2014 at 08:37

          Sad thing is, they won’t be able to understand what they’re doing wrong.

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          • Robert Hart

            March 14, 2014 at 08:41

            Since EA has been performing cost saving reforms, their stock price has increased from 18USD to 29USD in only a year. They seem to know what they are doing XD

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 08:46

            They’re making money, no doubt. But just look at the crap they’ve been doing the past while. No gamer will rate them as a good publisher.

  3. General JJ the Fett

    March 14, 2014 at 08:31

    SEGAAAAAAA
    Humble bundle out.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 14, 2014 at 08:33

      I saw that. I want the classics, but you have to pay over the average & I already have all the other ones I want that I’d get with that. #firstworldproblems

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 14, 2014 at 08:35

        I’ve got Binary Domain and Company of Heroes already. But If you check what GoldenAxe I & II are going for on Steam it’s worth it for me.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 14, 2014 at 08:37

          Alpha Protocol is pretty good too.

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          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 08:44

            Have no idea what that is.
            So much for finally catching up on my backlog.

  4. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 14, 2014 at 08:40

    We’ll see next month if Titanhype did anything for the boner. Regardless, Microsoft still has the problem of a supply constraint foreign console outselling them in their home market. If that’s not a humbling experience, I don’t know what is.

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 14, 2014 at 08:49

      Titanfall has pretty much been killed for me already. There was way too much hype around it. Plus, I don’t feel like soiling my pc with Origin again.
      A lot of companies seem to paying for their mistakes this year.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        March 14, 2014 at 09:48

        I think they’ll post decent numbers next month, but I don’t think it’s the COD killer MS and EA tried to hype it up to be.

        What also pisses me off is the games media, they had the chance to make this gen different, to essentially change the landscape again with games like Dark Souls 2 to move us away from the brogaming crap, but instead they hyped the shit out of an ONLINE-ONLY FPS game. If these sort of games become the norm (online-only FPS titles with zero single player), I’m literally going to start throat punching people.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 14, 2014 at 09:54

          brothroatpunching :/

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        • General JJ the Fett

          March 14, 2014 at 10:24

          I’m with you on the throat punching. I’ll get my spiked gloves.

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  5. MakeItLegal

    March 14, 2014 at 09:30

    and other such obvious statements. . . Lol

    Reply

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