The sweet, sweet Valentine's that RPG fans got these past two months with titles like Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Kingdoms of Amalur gets all the sweeter now that the NPD Group confirms both were top selling titles for the month of February. In fact, FFXIII-2 was the second best-selling title, bested only by Modern Warfare 3 which continues to claim NPD's monthly software sales crown. Not too shabby for a title which Square Enix was hoping would make the world of FFXIII cool again.
Newcomer Kingdoms of Amalur did well enough to sell approximately 330,000 units for a fourth place finish last month, though interestingly that meant UFC Undisputed 3 was able to overtake it in the software top ten. Soulcalibur V and the new PS3 Twisted Metal rounded out a good month for new titles.
Meanwhile, Sony's PlayStation Vita barely made it into last month's NPD sales teardown, launching just three days before the reporting period cutoff. Unfortunately, none of the Vita launch titles managed to break into the NPD software top ten for last month. The closest title was Uncharted: Golden Abyss, landing in the top 20 to become the best-selling title for the platform at launch. Sales figures for the handheld itself weren't released by NPD, but Sony has already claimed that worldwide Vita hardware sales have topped 1.2 million (in Japan alone). If would need to have sold at least 262,000 units if it hoped to beat the 3DS, however.
The Vita also helped invigorate industry hardware sales, which increased 62 percent year-on-year. Unfortunately, the industry as a whole still suffered from a 20 percent year-on-year decline for the month of February, but this still compares favorably to the whopping 38 percent decline the industry suffered back in January.
|1.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PC||11/2011|
|2.||Final Fantasy XIII-2||Square Enix||PS3 / Xbox 360||01/2012|
|3.||UFC Undisputed 3||Bethesda Softworks||PS3 / Xbox 360||02/2012|
|4.||Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||02/2012|
|5.||Just Dance 3||Ubisoft||Xbox 360 / Wii||10/2011|
|6.||NBA 2K12||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC / Wii / 3DS / PSP / PS2||10/2011|
|7.||Soulcalibur V||Namco Bandai Games||PS3 / Xbox 360||02/2012|
|8.||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||11/2011|
|9.||Twisted Metal||Sony Computer Entertainment||PS3||02/2012|
|10.||Battlefield 3||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2011|