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March NPD: Titanfall takes the victory, but PS4 still winning the war

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March NPD: Titanfall takes the victory, but PS4 still winning the war

The smoke has cleared from another month of the next-gen console wars. The month of March saw the PlayStation 4 continue to reign atop the hardware sales charts. And while overall software sales dropped 28 percent from last year, the PS4 and Xbox One both continued to sell sharply and bring in a 78 percent hardware sales increase from last year.

Read more: Titanfall beats out Infamous »

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February NPD: PS4 and Xbox One are neck-and-neck

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February NPD: PS4 and Xbox One are neck-and-neck

The newfangled 'console wars' roll on, as February saw the PlayStation 4 narrowly hold off the Xbox One, in terms of most units sold for the month. But it comes with a bit of a caveat, as the Xbox One is actually leading the two in terms of overall money made, due to its higher price tag. The NPD Group has announced that console hardware sales have increased 60 percent over this time last year, which is largely attributed to Sony and Microsoft's new machines.

Read more: A trio of Top 10 debuts for Square Enix »

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January NPD: PS4 punches back at Xbox One, both beat 3DS

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January NPD: PS4 punches back at Xbox One, both beat 3DS

Oh, what exciting times for the gaming industry. Now that both of the new consoles are out, we get to watch as they exchange blows from month to month. NPD data showed Xbox One beating out PlayStation 4 last month, and now the PS4 has countered by leading for this month. We're sure to see the two locked in this struggle for quite a while, so you may as well relax and get comfortable while you settle down with some sales data.

Read more: A closer look at software sales »

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December NPD: Xbox One beats PS4, but 3DS comes out on top

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December NPD: Xbox One beats PS4, but 3DS comes out on top

Before the NPD numbers even came out, Sony sent us an email reminding us that PS4 was "out of stock in December due to overwhelming demand." It sounded like Sony was blaming supply for what could have been a second-place finish against Xbox One. We were right.

Xbox One beat PS4 in console sales in December, but as before, there are a few caveats. When you combine both November and December, PS4 is still the best-selling next-gen console--and when you factor in global sales, PS4 clearly has the lead. However, while both new machines are having great, competitive launches, neither of them were able to beat Nintendo 3DS, the best selling system of all of 2013--not just December.

Read more: GTAV is best-selling game of the year »

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November NPD: PlayStation 4 tops hardware, with a caveat

November NPD: PlayStation 4 tops hardware, with a caveat

The November US sales figures kick off the first salvos of PlayStation 4 versus Xbox One, and like many stats, you could argue for either side. Sony's PlayStation 4 officially led the pack for the month's sales, and also set an NPD record for the highest first month sales of a hardware platform. But, NPD notes, PS4 had an extra week that Xbox One didn't, so if the sales are averaged on a per-week basis, Xbox One beat it out. In other words, PlayStation 4 sold more, but Xbox One sold faster. And both were likely constrained by supply, as NPD points out.

Read more: 3DS sells 770,000, Wii U numbers remain vague »

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October 2013 NPD: Grand Theft Auto 5 reigns again

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October 2013 NPD: Grand Theft Auto 5 reigns again

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 continued its sales dominance, coming in as the best-selling game of October. The remainder of the top 10 are represented by new October releases, led by Pokemon X and Y, which sit back-to-back at the second and third slots. For the third-straight month, retail software sales have increased from the same point a year ago.

The PS3's reign as the top-selling console ends at one whole month, as the Xbox 360 has retaken its spot at the top. Next month will be the first in which the PS4 and Xbox One are added into the fray, which NPD's Liam Callahan hopes will stimulate software sales, as well. "With the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, we hope to see positive trends over November and December which would lead to an increase in software sales for the year," he said.

Read more: Nintendo 3DS remains on top overall »

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September 2013 NPD: PS3 finally beats Xbox 360, Wii U gains after price drop

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September 2013 NPD: PS3 finally beats Xbox 360, Wii U gains after price drop

Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way. Rockstar's indie game Grand Theft Auto 5 is the best-selling game of September. Price drops help sales, Nintendo discovers as Wii U sales tripled month-over-month after its $50 drop.

But here's something surprising. PS3 managed to beat Xbox 360, finally ending Microsoft's 32-month streak of being the front-running home console. But don't think it's because of growing PlayStation loyalty surrounding the upcoming PS4 launch. No, PS3's success this month was largely due to the PS3-exclusive GTAV hardware bundle. (It's a pretty good deal, too.)

Read more: Nintendo 3DS cements its dominance »

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August 2013 NPD: Madden and Saints Row top the charts

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August 2013 NPD: Madden and Saints Row top the charts

Americans sure do love football. Madden NFL 25 topped the charts--following last month's NCAA Football.

But people bought non-football games as well. In fact, the top 10 is dominated by new games, including Saints Row 4 and Disney Infinity. The NPD Group's Liam Callahan points out that Xbox 360 and PS3 software sales are only down 1% year-to-date. "This is remarkable considering how close we are to the launch of their successors," he noted.

Read more: Nintendo 3DS selling strong »

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July 2013 NPD: NCAA tops the charts, and Minecraft remains strong

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July 2013 NPD: NCAA tops the charts, and Minecraft remains strong

Americans sure do love football. NCAA Football 14--the last game in the series before EA Sports moves to the more generic "College Football" name--topped the charts. The retail version of Minecraft for Xbox 360 managed to jump a spot on the list from #3 to #2 proving that Notch's blocky build 'em up shows no sign of slowing down. Naughty Dog's PS3-exclusive The Last of Us drops from #1 to #3, but it's reassuring that people seem to like good games.

Read more: Nintendo 3DS selling strong »

"That's total US sales. The amount sold in July alone was 150K."
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June 2013 NPD: The Last of Us leads a strong month

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June 2013 NPD: The Last of Us leads a strong month

The Last of Us took the top position on the NPD charts. Animal Crossing: New Leaf finished with a solid second place, while the retail version of Minecraft on Xbox 360 surprisingly wound up with the third spot. NPD's Liam Callahan sees Minecraft's strong opening as an indicator that "digital products can reach a new market when launching a physical disc. While many have downloaded the game, these sales indicate that there are plenty of consumers willing to buy a physical disc who are either not connected to the internet, don’t have a credit card to purchase digital games online, or simply prefer the physical disk over digital copies."

Read more: Rough starts for Deadpool, Ouya »

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May 2013 NPD: Injustice wins again, 3DS dethrones Xbox

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May 2013 NPD: Injustice wins again, 3DS dethrones Xbox

Injustice: Gods Among Us took the top position for a second consecutive month on the NPD charts. While impressive, there was also little competition. In fact, only three new releases made the list this month, and two of them aren't even technically new games. Metro: Last Light debuted at a respectable 6th place, while the new 3DS and Wii U ports of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Lego Batman 2 charted. The lack of new releases caused an 84% decrease in unit sales year-over-year, NPD analyst Liam Callahan points out.

Read more: Xbox 360 dethroned »

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April 2013 NPD: Injustice beats up the competition

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April 2013 NPD: Injustice beats up the competition

Injustice: Gods Among Us took the top position on the NPD charts last month. Critically panned Dead Island: Riptide took home the number two spot, proving that people still really like zombies, and that the original game actually managed to convert some fans.

Defiance also managed to crack the charts. The show has been doing well enough to be renewed for a second season, and it appears the game ain't doing so poorly itself. Finally, Lego City Undercover for 3DS manages to make the top 10--although its well-received, bigger-budget Wii U counterpart is missing from the charts.

Read more: The 'of War' games disappear »

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Online play rising, mobile devices gaining quickly, NPD reports

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Online play rising, mobile devices gaining quickly, NPD reports

Online gaming is steadily on the rise, as the most recent report from the NPD Group shows that 72% of gamers in the United States report playing online. This is a 5% increase from the same report in 2012. Most devices also saw an uptick in hours played, making the time spent gaming online increase by 6%, and the time spent playing games overall increase 9%.

Read more: PC rules online, but mobile catching up »

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March 2013 NPD: BioShock Infinite takes top spot in crowded month

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March 2013 NPD: BioShock Infinite takes top spot in crowded month

BioShock Infinite took the top position on the NPD charts. The rebooted Tomb Raider took the second place position. According to NPD Group industry analyst Liam Callahan, the two games had "the highest first month sales for games in these franchises."

The two console-exclusive "of War" prequels took the next positions, even if sales are lower than usual for both franchises.

The critically-panned Walking Dead: Survival Instinct from Activision also topped the charts, proving that well-timed licensed software can still push units, regardless of quality.

Read more: EA suffers in latest sales chart »

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February NPD: Dead Space 3 tops the charts

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February NPD: Dead Space 3 tops the charts

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.

Read more: Colonial Marines sells well too, you devils »

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