The NPD Group, the organization responsible for tracking video game hardware and software sales, has released their numbers for the month of March which show strong showings for both Ubisoft and Nintendo.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIKOlharuZY
The NPD data was reported via DualShockers and, not surprisingly, Ubisoft Massive's Tom Clancy's The Division was the top selling game for March and the PlayStation 4 was the top selling console. The Division also sold best on the PlayStation 4 which is interesting given Microsoft's Xbox first exclusive content marketing push for the MMO third person shooter. The Big N also placed in top software sales with two new exclusives on the Wii U, the HD re-release of The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and Pokken Tournament coming in at third and seventh place respectfully. It should also be noted that the two titles from Nintendo were the only console exclusives on the list.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZNWbCragSk
Hardware sales were down by nineteen percent in dollar sales for the month of March over the same period last year. However, The Division helped to drive software sales up higher by eight percent despite the drop in console sales. The hardest Hardware group hit for March come in the form of the 'seventh generation consoles'. The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii accounted for only two percent of total hardware sales over this same time last year.
Here are the top 10 best selling games for the month of March 2016:
- Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4, XBO, PC)
- Far Cry: Primal (PS4, XBO, PC)
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (NWU)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
- UFC 2 (PS4, XBO)
- MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
- Pokken Tournament (NWU)
- NBA 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Minecraft (360, PS4, XBO, PS3)
Combine sales of both hardware and software were flat compared to this time last year.
It is important to not that the order that the consoles are in next to each title is the console that the title sold best on, and it is worth mentioning that the NPD Group does not track the number of digital copies of software.