ChartSpot: February 2010

Aliens vs. Predator 360, BioShock 2 PS3 barely miss NPD's top 10 non-PC game chart; Star Trek Online edged out by Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff atop PC rankings.

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As the 2010 Game Developers Conference hit its apex last Thursday, the NPD Group released its US game sales report for the month of February. Besides showing an overall decline of 15 percent in sales of non-PC game software, hardware, and accessories, the report revealed the top 10 game products for the month.

The 360 edition of Aliens vs. Predator just missed NPD's February top 10.

The Xbox 360 edition of BioShock 2 topped the list, which also featured (in order of unit-volume sales): New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360), Just Dance (Wii), Wii Sports Resort, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3), Mass Effect 2 (360), Dante's Inferno: Divine Edition (PS3), Dante's Inferno (360), and Heavy Rain (PS3).

Now, NPD has release its full top 20 lists for both non-PC and PC games. Though the rankings don't divulge unit sales, they do show which titles missed the previously revealed non-PC top 10 but were still popular during the month. In 11th place was the 360 edition of the critically drubbed Aliens vs. Predator, followed by the PS3 edition of top-finisher BioShock 2.

No other new games made the top 20, which did include (by rank from 13th place on) New Super Mario Bros. (DS), Mario Kart Wii with Wheel (Wii), MAG (PS3), Wii Fit Plus, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, and the God of War Collection.

Split into two SKUs, Star Trek Online was bested by…The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff.

Over on the PC side, the picture was even more complicated. Since the rankings are by individual product, the a la carte and collector's editions of Star Trek Online were listed separately, coming in second and fourth place despite less-than-stellar reviews. (See bottom.) In first was The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff, the latest virtual goods add-on to the still-popular Sims 3, which came in third during the month.

BioShock 2 debuted in fifth place, just ahead of the Sentinel's Fate expansion to EverQuest II--a rare sighting of Sony Online Entertainment's massively multiplayer online game on the charts. (The collector's edition of the expansion landed in 13th place.) The only other newcomer was Sega's Aliens vs. Predator, which finished second-to-last in 19th place.

TOP 20 US NON-PC GAMES - FEBRUARY 2010

RANK / LAST MONTH / TITLE / PLATFORM / PUBLISHER / RELEASE DATE / SALES*
1 / ** / BioShock 2 / 360 / 2K Games / Feb-10 / 562,900
2 / 1 / New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Wii / Nintendo / Nov-09 / 555,600
3 / 4 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / 360 / Activision / Nov-09 / 314,300
4 / 9 / Just Dance / Wii / Ubisoft / Nov-09 / 275,400
5 / 6 / Wii Sports Resort with WiiMotion Plus / Wii / Nintendo / Jul-09 / 272,500
6 / 7 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / PS3 / Activision / Nov-09 / 252,800
7 / 2 / Mass Effect 2 / 360 / Electronic Arts / Jan-10 / 246,500
8 / ** / Dante's Inferno: Divine Edition / PS3 / Electronic Arts / Feb-10 / 242,500
9 / ** / Dante's Inferno / 360 / Electronic Arts / Feb-10 / 224,700
10 / ** / Heavy Rain / PS3 / Sony / Feb-10 / 219,300
11 / ** / Aliens vs. Predator / 360 / Sega / Feb-10
12 / ** / BioShock 2 / PS3 / 2K Games / Feb-10
13 / 18 / New Super Mario Bros. / DS / Nintendo / May-06
14 / 5 / Mario Kart Wii with Wheel / Wii / Nintendo / Apr-08
15 / 13 / MAG / PS3 / Sony / Jan-10
16 / 3 / Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Oct-09
17 / ** / Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games / Wii / Sega / Oct-09
18 / 20 / God of War Collection / PS3 / Sony / Nov-09
19 / 16 / Mario Kart DS / DS / Nintendo / Nov-05
20 / ** / NBA 2K10 / 360 / 2K Games / Oct-09

* = Sales only available for top 10 SKUs

TOP 20 US PC GAMES - FEBRUARY 2010

RANK / TITLE / PUBLISHER / DATE
1 / The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff / Electronic Arts / Feb-10
2 / Star Trek Online / Atari / Feb-10
3 / The Sims 3 / Electronic Arts / Jun-09
4 / Star Trek Online Collector's Ed. / Atari / Feb-10
5 / BioShock 2 / 2K Games / Feb-10
6 / EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate / Sony Online Ent. / Feb-10
7 / Mass Effect 2 / Electronic Arts / Jan-10
8 / World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / Nov-08
9 / The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / Electronic Arts / Apr-08
10 / The Sims 3: World Adventures / Electronic Arts / Nov-09
11 / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Nov-09
12 / World of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard / Sep-07
13 / EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate Collector's Ed / Sony Online Ent. / Feb-10
14 / IGT Slots: Texas Tea / Masque / Sep-09
15 / The Sims 3 Collector's Ed. / Electronic Arts / Jun-09
16 / Dragon Age: Origins / Electronic Arts / Oct-09
17 / Mumbo Jumbo Assortment / Mumbo Jumbo / Jul-09
18 / World of Warcraft / Blizzard / Nov-04
19 / Aliens vs. Predator / Sega of America / Feb-10
20 / The Sims 2 Fun with Pets Collection / Electronic Arts / Jan-10

Source: The NPD Group

Discussion

59 comments
bodamer
bodamer

Gamespot loves reminding us AvP fans of those reviews. Oh well. I love the game, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a unique multiplayer experience.

steelmouth
steelmouth

what is COD:MW2 still doing in the charts and on #3 for that matter

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

@nintendo fans This is why nintendo should make a next gen console geared towards 1st party games only!! With the failure of TvsC and NMH2 its just more proof that even when 3rd parties try they still fail. I say nintendo should make a console so powerful that 1st party games can compete with the 3rd parties on other systems graphically because 3rd party on wii is finished in my opinion. Its like no matter how good 3rd party wii games are no one cares. Not even the wii fans.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Wow Dante's Inferno for the PS3 outsold the 360 version, impressive.

The_Shadow_Link
The_Shadow_Link

Why's Just Dance moving up the list? Surely everyone know's it's a horrible game by now.

Autolycus
Autolycus

in the top 20 8 = Wii 6 = 360 6 = PS3

TrueIori
TrueIori

@efunk25 Well it clear some don't shares your opinion of the game, because you know people have different opinions don't know if you gotten the memo

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

Aside of Heavy Rain, Bioshock 2, MAG and maybe Dante's Inferno and AvP, February was a poor month, but neverless it did brought us those 3 great games :) But I'm really interested how March will look like, with GoW III, FF XIII and other AAA games, can't wait! :)

IrishBulldog93
IrishBulldog93

duno how ppl can play sims games so much ?? there all d same reli !!

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

As many have already said below, computer games sales are affected by the fact that many people download directly through steam or other services which are not tracked by NPD, and that more than half of all computer games played these are either free or micro-transaction games, alot of them more casual oriented. One reason why the Sims series has been doing so well is that it appeals very well to the casual audience (including women, who besides the Sims don't tend to pay for the computer games they play themselves, is statistics are to be believed).

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

@MATERAZZI_23 Tatsunoko vs Capcom and No More Heroes 2 were released in late January and they failed to make even the to 20 chart then (altho both were released in the last week of the reporting period) so to expect them to be on the charts now is wishful thinking. I looked at VG Chartz and in the Americas TvC sold about 83k in its first week and NMH2 sold about half that at 41k, which are both decent showings for non-casual 3rd party wii games, but nothing like Nintendo games or those made for the HD consoles.

Dante200X
Dante200X

@PseudoElite Totally agree with everything you said. Saves me a lot of time so I don't have to type that :D

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@efunk25 Um, people who enjoy the Alien and Predator franchises?

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

Also notice how poorly Modern Warfare 2 does on the PC compared to its console counterparts (I know there are a lot of digital downloads as well). I still don't understand Infinity Ward's decision to remove dedicated servers. I guarantee the game would be a lot higher if they hadn't made that decision, or implement a patch to include dedicated servers. They've shot themselves in the foot really, bad business decision. My only hope is that other companies learn from IW's mistakes.

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

Ugh, the gaming market these days is filled with games that are rushed just to make money. So many potentially excellent, yet seriously disappointing games have come out recently. Games like Alien Vs Predator or Strak Trek online, which are extremely mediocre, still make decent money. Gamers have to stop wasting their money on shabby games to teach the developers a lesson. Gamers are treated like sheep nowadays, being charged outrageous prices for half-ass games and rushed DLC, I'm so sick of it I want to quit video gaming altogether and waste my money somewhere else. Stop supporting these companies who keep getting away with these stunts, buyer power is a lot more important than you might think.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

PC games never sell anywhere near the numbers that console games do. #1 is no more than 100k in sales.

efunk25
efunk25

Who the heck is buying these Aliens verses Predator games, there god awful.

XenoLair
XenoLair

Good month! 2K must be happy with bioshock 2 sales, I know I picked up a copy. NSMBW wont be off the charts for a year at least :) Just dance o.-

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

Pleased Heavy Rain sold 200k first day. It only had 1 day on the market so im super impressed to have seen it on npd's top ten list. An amazing game, i loved Fahrenheit(Indigo Prophecy the gimped version) but Heavy Rain is allot better as it's better paced and has quite a stable story where as fahrenheit was so erratic at times with sudden story changes from thriller crime/drama to weird sci fi. Heavy Rain is the logical evolution of fahrenheit on current gen systems and not the new genre inventing title it was sometimes claimed to be by Cage, regardless it was still amazing. Im loving my PS3 at the moment finished heavy rain then traded it straight in for £28(£10 for an excellent 11 hour interactive drama expierence, not a bad deal imo a 2 hour movie ticket would cost me the same) in store cred as i think David Cage was right when he said only play it the once as IMO if i played it again soon it wouldn't be the same expierece(obviously) but i think it may damage my intial expierence so i will buy and play it again in a year or so, and also that £28 paid off my FF13 pre-order, im starting to ramble off topic so i will end this post now, well done heavy rain here is hoping you hit the million mark next npd you deserve it even 2+ million sales imo, it was sold out everywhere when i went to buy it 5 days after release so it seems like word of mouth and good advertising is working for this title.

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

@FoeCrusher It's called digital distribution. Steam and the other similar services account for the majority of PC game sales these days, and the numbers are not tracked officially.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

You would swear from looking at that list that PC gaming consists solely of WOW and the Sims???? I have enjoyed WOW but seriously what is going on? I doubt pc gaming is that focused on those two games. My guess is that it is shifting to F2P games like DDO online (love it) or social gaming like Farmville (havent played it never will). So is that chart even relevant?

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

We don't know how much PC games sold. :(

yugiohfan99
yugiohfan99

Mario Kart series sells a lot, I see.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@Sins-of-Mosin All of the Mario games up there are good-to-great, with the exception of the Olympics one, which I've never played so I can't speculate. It's always a good thing with quality and commercial success go hand-in-hand.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Mario & Sonic & the Olympic Winter games is in the top 20, that means high sales, meaning another sequel? :?

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Pretty sad the PS3 couldn't get Bioshock 2 in the Top 10. Ugh, so much mario remake junk, makes a gamer sick.

Hizakii
Hizakii

That italian plumber beat MW2 in the chart? Guess theres many more turtle stomping action out there than there's shooting

FaintRain
FaintRain

how many "sims"are there in the list? :P

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I get the feeling that in 10 years, Mario Kart Wii will still somehow be in the Top 20. It's like the Dracula of video games.

Nobri
Nobri

@ RealHarry Lo siento. So many good games in March...Feb didn't look that great though.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Good to see heavy rain on that list

RitterXplode
RitterXplode

Thanks goodness that Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2, Modern Warfare 2 and Dragon Age are in there, though.

RitterXplode
RitterXplode

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carbonic_acid
carbonic_acid

'mario & sonic at winter olympics' got onto the list :)

SchumiF1
SchumiF1

Pretty good sales for Heavy Rain since it was released at the end of the month.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I completely forgot the MAG came out. Ranking 13 place in January and then 15 in February, I don't think the community is going to last very long. The timing, bugs, and the balancing I think got the better of the game. Its the kind of game that would of worked best if it was pushed into summer and not stuck between MW2 and BC2.

JOKER677
JOKER677

Yeah I thought Heavy Rain would do a little better but it's good they got in there.

NobleEskimo
NobleEskimo

I am very happy Heavy Rain got in there under the gun. It's a testament to just how open to new experiences the gaming community is nowadays.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Kind of a crappy top 10, but at least Heavy Rain snuck in there.

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

And I'm kinda surprise that Mario and MW2 are still on there...guess there the "Juggernauts";).

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

Guess all my favourite games are on the sales chart...so I'm glad!!!:)

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

Where are Tatsunoko vs Capcom and No More Heroes 2?

DanOwns1207
DanOwns1207

Can't believe Mario Kart DS is still on there...

icepop4who
icepop4who

This is a revelation... I never knew out of the top 20 games, 6 were Sims, people still play Everquest, and IGT slots?! beat dragon age and avp. i seriously though the pc gaming market is serious business. i guess we're all buncha Sim playing pansies. the only relief i have is that this doesn't include digital distribution, but it's still disheartening.

dude102
dude102

wheres the sales numbers on the pc games? they still dont keep track of digital downloads?

RealHarry
RealHarry

@Nobri Bad Company 2 came out in March. This is the Feb chart.

Nobri
Nobri

Bad Company 2 isn't up there...but 2K10 is? Is it even worth it to buy that game anymore?

sahadiablo
sahadiablo

Good to know that avp is selling well inspite of all the critics bashing it for the wrong reasons. It was topping the US and the UK charts in the month of febuary for the PS3 and Xbox360 in the individually for each platform even beating mass effect 2 and bioshock2, im surprised gamespot did not mention AVP till now where they only say that it *missed the overall top ten.Seriously what is GS upto these days?? Anyway this month gow3 and ff13 will rule the charts.

sahadiablo
sahadiablo

Good to know that avp is selling well inspite of all the critics bashing it for the wrong reasons. It was topping the US and the UK charts in the month of febuary for the PS3 and Xbox360 in the individually for each platform even beating mass effect 2 and bioshock2, im surprised gamespot did not mention AVP till now where they only say that it *missed the overall top ten.Seriously what is GS upto these days?? Anyway this month gow3 and ff13 will rule the charts.

sahadiablo
sahadiablo

Good to know that avp is selling well inspite of all the critics bashing it for the wrong reasons. It was topping the US and the UK charts in the month of febuary for the PS3 and Xbox360 in the individually for each platform even beating mass effect 2 and bioshock2, im surprised gamespot did not mention AVP till now where they only say that it *missed the overall top ten.Seriously what is GS upto these days?? Anyway this month gow3 and ff13 will rule the charts.