NPD: Dead Space 3 dethrones Black Ops II in February

EA's action horror the top-selling title in US during February, knocking latest Call of Duty to second spot for first time since launch.

Dead Space 3 was the top-selling title of February in the United States, dethroning Call of Duty: Black Ops II, according to NPD data released today. Black Ops II had held the top spot every month since it launched in November.

Rounding out the top five behind Dead Space 3 and Black Ops II were Crysis 3, NBA 2K13, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Notably, the critically blasted Aliens: Colonial Marines was the sixth best-selling title during February in the US. The full top 10 list is below.

Overall, industry sales for the month slid 25 percent to $810 million. According to NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan, however, these sales represent only 50 percent of the total market.

"These sales figures represent new physical retail sales of hardware, software and accessories, which account for roughly 50 percent of the total consumer spend on games," Callahan said in a statement. "When you consider our preliminary estimate for other physical format sales in February such as used and rentals at $90 million, and our estimate for digital format sales including full game and add-on content downloads including microtransactions, subscriptions, mobile apps, and the consumer spend on social network games at $319 million, we would estimate the total consumer spend in February to be just under $1.2 billion."

Total software sales for February dove 27 percent to $369.9 million. Callahan explained that though there was the same number of February launches this year that made it to the top 10 list as there were last year, these titles performed far worse. Unit sales were down 30 percent, he said.

In addition, Callahan said the launch of Disney Infinity at its new release date in August will be an "interesting" event to watch as it goes head-to-head with Activision's billion-dollar Skylanders franchise.

"When combining the dollar value of Skylanders software as well as accessories, this property has generated over $600 million in the U.S. since launching in October 2011, and sold $35 million in this month alone," he said. "It will be interesting to watch how this dynamic of physical goods delivering digital content evolves with the launch of Disney Infinity later this year."

Hardware fared the worst in February, diving some 36 percent to $244.2 million. Despite this year-over-year downturn, Callahan some platforms, like the Wii U and PlayStation Vita, showed signs of life.

"Looking at hardware sales on an average per week basis, all platforms showed an increase from January into February. Specifically, new platforms like the Wii U and PS Vita demonstrated some momentum from the typical January hardware lull with increases of over 40 percent and 30 percent respectively," he said.

Microsoft was the only hardware maker to announce sales data for the month, earlier today trumpeting an industry-leading 302,000 Xbox 360 sales during the period.

As for accessories, this category was down 3 percent year-over-year to $213.9 million. But again, Activision's Skylanders series was a bright spot.

"Skylanders' success so far this year was driven by strong growth seen in the single character packs for Skylanders Giants which have a favorable comparison to sales of the single character packs for the first Skylanders," Callahan said.

FEBRUARY US GAME SALES (February 3-March 2, 2013)
OVERALL DOLLAR SALES
Total retail sales: $810.0 million (-25%)
Non-PC hardware: $244.2 million (-36%)
Non-PC software: $352.0 (-27%)
Accessories: $213.9 million (-3%)
Total software: $369.9 billion (-27%)

TOP 10 GAMES FOR FEBRUARY 2013

Title (Platforms) - Publisher
1. Dead Space 3 (X360, PS3, PC) - Electronic Arts
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, Wii U, PC) - Activision Blizzard
3. Crysis 3 (X360, PS3, PC) - Electronic Arts
4. NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) - Take-Two Interactive
5. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, X360) - Konami
6. Aliens: Colonial Marines (X360, PS3, PC) - Sega
7. Just Dance 4 (Wii, X360, PS3, Wii U) - Ubisoft
8. Far Cry 3 (X360, PS3, PC) - Ubisoft
9. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, PS Vita) - Sony
10. Madden NFL 13 (X360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita, Wii U) - Electronic Arts

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84 comments
DIGN
DIGN

top 10 sellers of February 2012?

when did we go back in time... Is this a sign for a new Chrono Trigger remake?!?!??!?!?!

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

It shows what a price drop can do for a game.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

lol yeah okay...but look at the difference of how long they've been out.  nine months from now, Dora the Explorer: Getting deported for the DS could dethrone DS3...every market levels off.  In BO2's case, its because everyone and anyone has already bought the damn game by now...

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Notably, the critically blasted critically blasted Aliens: Colonial Marines" Lol, it's worth mentioning twice that A:CM is critically blasted.

jhcho2
jhcho2

So I guess this invalidates the rumors about Dead Space games being halted. 

Cha ching cha ching $$$

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

how much hate toward a game. If it at least was about actiblizzard's diablo3 and its fking real money auction house...

mr_azim
mr_azim

Hey dummies.... here's how you read these monthly report articles:


In February, Dead Space 2 sold more than BO2.... whether it was crap or not, people bought the game.  So if BO2 sold 30 units and Dead Space sold 32, then Dead Space is rated higher than BO2 in sale for February.

mr_azim
mr_azim

Don't forget 99% of the world already has Black Ops 2....... not very hard to beat it after 4 months of release.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

DS3 is a great game despite a lot of peoples negative comments cause its more action oriented.  I've got all three and I feel that each one has its own merit.  Visceral did a great job on this one, I had a blast playing it.

Badgamewontsell
Badgamewontsell

Farcry 3 and MGR should be in the top two.  Whatever though, I sold my copes of DS 1 & 2 when they screw up 3 so horribly.  I wont be purchasing any future installments of that game or any other game from EA. 

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Congratulation  EA & Activision Blizzard, as both of you are a Mega Publishers.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

what makes me laugh is last week some guy called the UK gamers idiots for having Aliens:CE still in our topten

yet BOs2 has been number one in the US since november AND aliens is 6th

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

"TOP 10 GAMES FOR FEBRUARY 2012"

has my timemachine finally worked?!? dam what were tonight lottery numbers...


Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Awesome game....glad it did well....I hope we get more DLC. 

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

Talk about good news - bad news. Great that CoD has finally be knocked off the top spot but on the negative side EA are gonna see this as a go ahead for a complete action spin off of DS

AlexFili
AlexFili

I'd like to say that Black Ops II is one of the most fun games I have ever played in my entire life. The Wii U version is virtually perfect and I salute Treyarch for making a brilliant game.

papasd
papasd

I Agree !! DS3 VERY GOOD GAME!!!

Bhemont
Bhemont

Not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing, probably means for me to look somewhere else for horror title or they will make the next game more decent, maybe on next gen it would look too good to pass up. :/

EZStarscream
EZStarscream

I think Tombraider in some occasions was more gory. Actually a lot gorrier. 

Dead Space 3 was my first DS title and i loved it, the space walking was awesome. i've finished it 3 times (hard,newgameplus,redhorns mode-cant recall the actual name) but the SAVE fuction was a bit of a mess. I stopped in pure survival mode because i was a bit of bored. 

The first time i play the same game 3 times with excitement. DS3=win.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

Hell of a game, me least favorite so far, but still outstanding overall

mattress805
mattress805

Dead Space 3 was awesome and gory as all hell. I like a lot of gore in my games and this one fits that billing.  Its not the terror fest of Dead Space 1. But still a great IP, and far better than any of the vanilla/kill the terrrorist/military shooters that saturate the gaming market. I'm glad i bought it and it sits right next to the other 2 installments on  my shelf.  

steelmouth
steelmouth

Horray to deap space for out selling COD, here is to hoping Gears and GOW do the same this month and further push COD out the top 10

cursealoud
cursealoud

It only beat it because it was a new release. Unfortunately that was the only money it made. After that week the sales dropped. No one wanted another Resident Evil travesty

doraemonllh1989
doraemonllh1989

i played DS3,not as scary as the previous ones,but its fun,full of action,and i didnt buy a single DLC at all,people are exaggerating about the DLC,it is not needed,now im full of resources and im in the ng+ now

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

Despite all the DLC nonsense that burdens Dead Space 3 a bit.. I loved the experience. The gameplay is just unique enough to differentiate itself among other shooters. The voice acting is decent but not really believable, but good enough. You will start to see patterns develop as you progress through the battles. You will be flanked from both sides towards the end of the game and if your playing on higher level difficulties it proves challenging. I personally liked the crafting system although it is sort of vague at the beginning of the game. I would love to see if anyone beats this game on hardcore mode without dying.

lifegee13
lifegee13

EA can't live with them, and can't live without them. two out off the top three, not bad I guess.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

While it saddens me Dead Space moved away from a straight-up horror experience after the first one, it's still intense. I love the series, and am happy to see it doing well.

cursealoud
cursealoud

@mr_azim I said the same thing. This is like throwing shade on a troubled franchise. One positive article and they are ready to sensationalize it. Let's see the March numbers shall we. 

jadaski1
jadaski1

@wasakawaka EA's impact on DS3 was largely inconsequential, unlike SimCity.  The only major problem I had with the game was the lack of atmosphere that permeated DS1 and to some extent DS2.  Otherwise it was a great game.

mr_azim
mr_azim

@Badgamewontsell You guys are all idiots...... this isn't rating the "top 10 best games".... this classifying the TOP 10 games that sold in the month of February.  Whether the game was shit or not, people bought it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@SirNormanislost Lol, I didn't notice that and I'm usually irritatingly good at noticing misprints. I did notice and commented about the fact that the article says "critically blasted critically blasted Aliens: Colonial Marines".

cursealoud
cursealoud

@1234ritchie  See it as a complete action spinoff because it sold a little higher than BO2 on it's release month...LOL...I think not. They have been hit with harsh criticism about the game becoming more like Resident Evil. The sales are below target and doesn't look like it will be getting better. With Tomb Raider, God of War, Gears of War, and Bioshock all coming out in March, you will see this game slipping further and further towards the back of the line.  #CURTAINCALL

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

@cursealoud Ya cause in this game youre constantly stuck with a invincible partner who kills everything and ruins the whole atmosphere... NOT. 

Also the game is much more open to exploration than RE6 and not a simple straightforward line. Nice try tho.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

@doraemonllh1989 DS1 was scary. DS2 and 3 are just not scary. But it make sense because as human beings we fear the unknown. As the unknown becomes familiar the scare and fear factor dissipates a lot. lol..

Hurvl
Hurvl

@mr_azim That's what some people (surprisingly many actually) have trouble understanding. They think that the games they like the most should sell the most, that they deserve to sell the most and all that jazz. I would also want that the games I like the most should sell well, but it's useless to demand that. There is no "justice" when it come to sales, no "Let the best game win". It's a popularity contest and the best game (perceived by a vocal minority) doesn't always get the best sales results.

Bhemont
Bhemont

@skullomania2 @Bhemont Yet games like Dead Space 3 are sorely gimped in terms of graphics and visuals because of its counterpart, the consoles.  Makes you think. :)

cursealoud
cursealoud

@GamerOuTLaWz @cursealoud You moron, I wasn't talking about the gameplay, I was referring the to action oriented aspect instead of survival horror. Grow the fuck up

ZOD777
ZOD777

@guitarist1980 @doraemonllh1989 Yeah, I was always on edge durning DS1, but DS2 and 3 were less scary basically because you expect certain things.  That is why DS1 will be the best one for the majority of us, even if the next couple got a bit of an upgrade.  DS2 was a good game, but it will never top the first one just for that factor alone.  DS3 was good too, but I felt like the game kinda dragged on once you got past chapter 10.