February was packed with new releases, and most managed to crack the top 10 sales for this month's NPD retail report. However, while the charts may look rosy, NPD Group industry analyst Liam Callahan pointed out that 2013's new launches "performed worse than last year with unit sales down 30%." Apparently, this year's games couldn't compete with the likes of Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
Dead Space 3 topped the list, proving that Phil Collins should be more involved with the games industry. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance lands at number 5, in spite of (or because) being a spin-off game without Solid Snake. Seemingly-forgotten Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time also snags the number 9 spot.
Critically-panned Aliens: Colonial Marines also charted.
Unfortunately for Capcom and Ninja Theory, their excellent DmC: Devil May Cry dropped off the list, in spite of a strong debut last month.
Hardware sales are rather unsurprising, with Xbox 360 topping the charts for the 19th consecutive month. "New platforms like the Wii U and PS Vita demonstrated some momentum from the typical January hardware lull," Callahan said, without revealing actual sales numbers.
Here's the chart:
- Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; new releases bolded)
- Dead Space 3 (360, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
- Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PC)
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, 360)
- Aliens: Colonial Marines (360, PS3, PC)
- Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, Wii U, PS3)
- Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
- Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, PSV)
- Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV)
Once again, be mindful that "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."