The NPD Group's monthly software top ten list is ablaze once more with new titles that didn't disappoint. Three March releases managed to push Activision's Call of Duty: Ghosts out of the top spot, and leading the charge is none other than Electronic Arts' Titanfall. inFamous: Second Son and South Park: The Stick of Truth follow in some titan-sized footprints, while Dark Souls II also managed to squeeze into the top five.
Billed as a "game changer" for Microsoft's platforms, Titanfall still didn't quite spur a level of hardware sales the Xbox One needed to edge out over the PS4 like it nearly did in February. Microsoft confirms that 311,000 Xbox One consoles moved at retail last month, which by NPD's reckoning would put it behind PS4 sales. NPD reports that the PS4 remained the best-selling console in the U.S. for its third straight month in March.
While Sony hasn't officially disclosed any PS4 sales figures for last month yet, the company yesterday did confirm that hardware sales are now at 7 million units worldwide since launch. Microsoft meanwhile revealed that global Xbox One unit sales are now at 5 million.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster bring classic franchise cred to software top ten for March. Unfortunately, even with all the new releases landing in the top ten, NPD reports that total software sales for March still plummeted 28 percent year-over-year to $432 million USD.
Making up for software is the continued growth of hardware sales. The PS4 and Xbox One remain coveted items, spurring a 78 percent year-over-year growth in sales to $395 million USD. Add it all together and we find that overall industry sales grew 3 percent to $1.03 billion USD compared to March last year.
|1.||Titanfall||Electronic Arts||Xbox One / PC||03/2014|
|2.||inFamous: Second Son||Sony Computer Entertainment||PS4||03/2014|
|3.||South Park: The Stick of Truth||Ubisoft||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||03/2014|
|4.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||Xbox 360 / PS3 / Xbox One / PS4 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|
|5.||Dark Souls II||Namco Bandai Games||PS3 / Xbox 360||03/2014|
|6.||Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes||Konami||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360||03/2014|
|7.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS3 / PC||10/2013|
|8.||Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster||Square Enix||PS3 / PS Vita||03/2014|
|9.||The LEGO Movie Videogame||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS3 / PS4 / 3DS / Wii U / Vita||02/2014|
|10.||Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||06/2013|