Nintendo’s new 3DS outsold the PS4 and Xbox 1 in February

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If you listen to Sony, they’ll tell you that they ruled last month’s US sales. According to Sony, the PlayStation 4 was the top selling hardware in February.

“Demand for PlayStation 4 remains incredibly strong in the U.S. as it was #1 in hardware and software sales in February according to the latest NPD report.,” says Sony. “PS4 remains the cumulative leader in hardware sales with more than 20.2 million units sold to consumers worldwide demonstrating the fastest growth in PlayStation hardware history.”

They must be a little confused as to what “hardware” means, because it’s a bit of a mistruth. The shortest month of the year’s hardware champion was actually Nintendo – whose brand new uh…New 3DS XL was the best-selling bit of gaming hardware. Nintendo’s somehow figured out how to print money again.

It managed 150,000 units sold in its first week along, with total sales of the 3DS very nearly hitting 400,000. It isn’t just hardware that Sony’s delusional about; the number one game in Feb was also from Nintendo; The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Here’s the list of the top-10 games in the US in February. That bodes well for the home console version, as Nintendo expects The Legend of Zelda to actually help sell Wii U’s.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS)
  2. Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  3. Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
  8. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  9. The Order: 1886 (PS4)
  10. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)

In general though, the new gen of consoles is still doing rather well. NPD group analyst Liam Callahan says that the PS4 and Xbox One “have outsold the PS3 and the Xbox 360 combined 15 month totals by close to 60%.”

For the first time, there are no purely old gen home console games in the top software charts either – a sing that consumers have moved on.

“This is the first time since the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One that the top 10 console software SKUs were all from eighth generation consoles, a sign of consumer’s further transition away from seventh generation consoles towards the new console generation,” Callahan said.

It’s been an overall good month for the games industry, with total sales year-on-year up 8% to $956 million.

Last Updated: March 13, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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