NPD Group News


NPD stats reveal strong launch for The Division, peaks and valleys for game hardware

By David Craddock, Apr 15, 2016 1:30pm PDT

Business, business, business. Numbers!


Large percentage of players buy games after watching streams, NPD reports

By David Craddock, Apr 06, 2016 3:25pm PDT

New data also revealed new findings on the habits of eSports-focused players. 


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February NPD: Far Cry: Primal Leads Slumping Month

By Steve Watts, Mar 10, 2016 7:20pm PST

February was a slow month for the industry on the whole, but it had some good news for Ubisoft and Nintendo.


January NPD: PlayStation 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 lead a slumping month

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 11, 2016 3:46pm PST

The start of 2016 is looking a lot like the end of 2015, except with a lot less overall sales.


"I think a lot of PS4 owners at the time would have been 360 and PS3 owners who had access to the ..."

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December NPD: PS4 leads the strongest month for new-gen consoles so far

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 14, 2016 3:55pm PST

The PlayStation 4 retook the top spot from Xbox One in December, but it was a month for celebration for everyone, as the NPD Group determined it to be the best month on record for both consoles.


November NPD: PlayStation 4 overtakes Xbox One and there's no stopping Call of Duty

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 10, 2015 4:05pm PST

Even with months of anticipation, an aggressive marketing campaign, and word of mouth, there's just no stopping Call of Duty, as Black Ops 3 holds off Fallout 4 to take the top spot on the retail charts.


"New COD is actually kind of fun. The single player plot is basically raped by robots but i'm ..."

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October NPD: Master Chief leads Xbox One to victory

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 12, 2015 4:43pm PST

There's very little that Master Chief can't do and his latest feat involves taking the Xbox One and leading it to an October victory over PlayStation 4.


"I'd like to see the breakdown of where the sales are going, but at the end of the day there's ..."

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September NPD: PS4 prevails, Wii U sales rise, and NBA 2K16 soars

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 20, 2015 5:00am PDT

It was an interesting month of September, with the PS4 beating out the Xbox One for the fifth consecutive month, Wii U showing signs of life on the back of Super Mario Maker, and NBA 2K16 rising above it all to lead the software retail charts.


"I was laughing my ass off at that. I can't believe how awful it is."

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August NPD: PS4 still leads Xbox One while Nintendo passes 7 million Amiibo sold

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 10, 2015 3:45pm PDT

The console wars are starting to get one-sided again with PS4 declating victory over Xbox One on the strength of the mighty Madden. Meanwhile, Nintendo still sits in a distant third-place, but appears to be content with skyrocketing Amiibo sales.


"Me too! I absolutely LOVED the game. My girlfriend and I were both playing, nearly at the same ..."

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July NPD: PS4 leads a 'modest' July, while LEGO Jurassic World topples Batman

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 13, 2015 4:30pm PDT

July was not a remarkable month for retail sales, but it was enough for LEGO Jurassic World to take down the Dark Knight.


"I think it may be something to consider with a game by game basis. Good luck tallying any ..."

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June NPD: Batman: Arkham Knight powers PS4 to victory

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 16, 2015 4:00pm PDT

It was a good month to be the Batman, if the June NPD report is any indication.


"I wonder what the Xbox One play will be for the holidays to catch up. They have lost every ..."

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May NPD: PS4 pulls ahead while The Witcher hunts its way to #1

By Ozzie Mejia, Jun 11, 2015 5:20pm PDT

It didn't take long for PS4 to re-establish control in the ongoing console wars, overtaking the Xbox One on the strength of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Meanwhile, Nintendo has one thing to celebrate and that's a better-than-expected performance from Splatoon.


"Being #5 on a single system probably put's it much closer to #1 if the list was broken down by ..."

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April NPD: Xbox One overtakes PS4, Mortal Kombat X decapitates all comers

By Ozzie Mejia, May 14, 2015 3:40pm PDT

Xbox One has overtaken PlayStation 4 sales in the month of April, according to the NPD Group. Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat X has finished off the competition, fending off a string of worthy challengers.


"It's been a long time, but that's how they used to release the top-10 lists."

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March NPD: PS4 prevails, while Battlefield Hardline edges out Bloodborne

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 16, 2015 3:45pm PDT

PlayStation 4 has prevailed, according to the March NPD report, while Microsoft and Nintendo waste no time issuing responses. Meanwhile, Battlefield: Hardline finishes March on top, but not without a strong challenge from Bloodborne.


February NPD: PS4 wins again, while Majora's Mask crashes into top spot

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 12, 2015 3:40pm PDT

The PS4 wins the hardware race again, which isn't a huge surprise. What is a huge surprise is that the monsters of Evolve have been beaten out by an old gaming stalwart: The Legend of Zelda.


"More people need to buy the REAL game which came out last month, Monster Hunter IV!!! This game ..."

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