Top Ten Best-Selling Games in the US for February 2016

Far Cry Primal puts an end to Call of Duty's run.

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What games sold the best in February 2016 at retail in the United States? Now we know, as the NPD Group today released its sales report for the month, confirming that Far Cry Primal came out on top. It pushes Call of Duty: Black Ops III to the No. 2 spot, marking the first time since its launch in November that it was not the best-selling game.

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Rounding out the top five were Grand Theft Auto V, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, and NBA 2K16. The full Top 10 sales chart for February 2016 is available at the bottom of this post.

In a statement, NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan said Primal enjoyed stronger sales than Far Cry 4 did in 2014 when adjusted for the number of days the games were available within their respective release months. Importantly, however, the NPD Group only tracks physical sales--and digital is on the rise.

Callahan also noted that, had all of Fire Emblem Fates versions been counted (Birthright, Conquest, and the special edition), the game overall would have ranked third for new software sales.

"The combined first month sales of Fire Emblem Fates would more than triple the first month sales of the next-highest game within the franchise, Fire Emblem: Awakening," he explained.

In its own statement, Nintendo revealed that both versions of Fire Emblem Fates sold nearly 400,000 copies combined (physical and digital), outpacing the previous series' record-holder, Fire Emblem: Awakening. That number should continue to rise with Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, which releases today.

Overall software sales for the month declined 11 percent to $309.5 million. This downturn was attributed in part to a "sharp recline" in Xbox 360/PS3 generation game sales.

"Despite the success of some February 2016 new launches relative to their predecessors, collectively, new launches sold 4 percent less dollars and 12 percent fewer units than those of February 2015," Callahan said.

"New physical software trends suffered due to a sharp decline in seventh generation consoles of 52 percent despite the 14 percent or $28 million growth in eighth generation software," he added. "Portable software also had a drop of 30 percent due to a poor comparison to the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, which coincided with the launch of the new 3DS."

On the hardware side, Sony's PlayStation 4 came out on top, though overall new sales across the industry declined.

Best-Selling Physical Games in US for February 2016:

The order of the platforms in parentheses corresponds to sales

  1. Far Cry Primal (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4, Xbox One)
  5. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, PlayStation Vita)
  7. Street Fighter V (PS4)
  8. Minecraft (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  9. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS)
  10. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

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@spicymeatball27:I'm not going to spend money on an incomplete game. I was actually hoping it wouldn't make the list to teach Capcom a lesson. Once Capcom finishes it, I'll buy it for my PS4.

Speaking of teaching a lesson...guess which AAA timed exclusive hasn't cracked the top ten once? Hint: It rhymes with Ties of the Womb Shader.

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Sounds like Square Enix is DEAD.

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@spicymeatball27: lol yes the 7th best selling physical copy of a game for that month is a failure. sony and capcom must really be beating themselves up.

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@jose_consuela: lol it won't make the list again no staying power, face it the street fighter series is nothing more than a niche title now, and not a blockbuster, street fighter peaked with Street Fighter 2 on the SNES, lol

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@spicymeatball27: Lol what a moron.

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@naughtyottsel: he's right Street Fighter peaked many years ago and Capcom will probably go bankrupt soon, lol

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@may967873: Wanting a company to go bankrupt, pathetic.

Also nope, he's wrong.

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@naughtyottsel: really Capcom is in financial dire straits, this game has to have a better showing, it won't show up in the top 10 again, like I said Street Fighter peaked in the 90s, lol

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@may967873: Oh you know this for a fact do you?

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@spicymeatball27: SFV is still doing better that how RoTR did and only the PS4 PHYSICAL sales are being counted so no try again.

Also Gravity Rush is a new IP and of course it wouldn't be here, hell Fire Emblem barely made it.

I suggest you stop clown.

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@spicymeatball27: -shakes head in a smug way- you're an amateur troll I'm afraid.

More countries exist than just America AND this game isn't exclusive so PC sales will obviously be counted as well.

Face it lem, the game is doing decently.

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@spicymeatball27: In my home country SFV did pretty poorly, RoTR did even worse though so I ain't bothered.

Also typical Xbox fanboy argument "HURR DURR MY SYSTEM DOES BAD THERE, THE MARKET MUST BE DEAD"

Idiot.

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@7tizz: lol using VGChartz is hysterical, try again

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@naughtyottsel: RotTR didn't make the list even after it released on PC. That's pretty sad.

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@spicymeatball27: I know, right? A platform exclusive available for only about half the month, finishing behind six multiplatform games in genres with wider appeal?

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@zmanbarzel: Lol. Guy has no idea what he's talking about. An exclusive ranking with multiplats, especially when it's been out a few weeks is hugely impressive.

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@7tizz: lol I actually bought that too... mostly play it on the vita though.

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@7tizz: I bought Qbert as well and loving it, I loved the game on my Atari 2600 in the 80s

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@7tizz: See, this is why no one takes you seriously when you say you're just waiting for a good game to finally come to the PS4.

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@7tizz: That means you are a brainless fanboy. If you were not brainless, you would be able to comprehend.

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@7tizz: Not everybody is about reality. You insist on refusing your status. Congratulations, commoner.

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@7tizz: Nope, sorry. Won't work. You're a good sport, though. I like you.

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