February 2017 NPD: For Honor and Resident Evil 7 top another month of lower revenues for game industry


February 2017 NPD: For Honor and Resident Evil 7 high one other month of decrease revenues for recreation trade

Tags: 3DS, NPDs, PlayStation 4, The NPD Group, Wii U, Xbox One

A French knight squares off against a samurai in For Honor.

Above: A French knight squares off towards a samurai in For Honor.

Picture Credit score: Ubisoft

Swords and zombies did effectively final month.

The gaming trade generated $724 million in revenues in the US final month, in response to data-tracking agency The NPD Group. That’s down 21 % year-over-year from $918.7 million. All segments — , console and PC software program, and equipment — have been down in comparison with the identical interval in 2016.

However it’s revenues from console that’s falling the toughest.

February 2017 outcomes

NPD tracks knowledge from bodily retailers and digital gross sales from sure on-line shops and publishers within the U.S. You’re going to get knowledge from third-parties on the Xbox Sport Retailer or the PlayStation retailer, however there’s nothing from Blizzard’s Battle.internet. So the next NPD knowledge is barely a snapshot of a bigger and extra dynamic market.

  • : $204 million (down 30 % from $292.2 million in February 2016)
  • Console software program: $344.2 million (down 14 % from $402 million)
  • PC software program: $25 million (down 26 % from $33.6 million)
  • Equipment: $150.eight million (down 21 % from $191 million)

“Total hardware spending in February declined 30 percent versus February 2016 to $204 million,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella stated in a press release. “Console hardware accounted for 82 percent of the total declines as both average retail pricing and units sold fell versus year ago.”

However software program didn’t do significantly better largely as a result of For Honor, Nioh, and Halo Wars 2 have been the one main releases. Let’s get to the complete software program chart.

Software program

  1. For Honor
  2. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Name of Obligation: Infinite Warfare
  6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  7. Madden NFL 17
  8. Battlefield 1
  9. Nioh*
  10. Overwatch**

*No digital gross sales
*No Battle.internet digital gross sales

This checklist contains bodily gross sales at U.S. retailers and digital gross sales via sure platforms like Steam and the Xbox or PlayStation downloadable recreation shops. It doesn’t, nevertheless, embody microtransactions or downloadable-content add-ons.

“Ubisoft’s For Honor was the best-selling game of February 2017 despite having only 12 days in market during the month,” stated Piscatella. “And two new releases debut in the month’s Top 10: Ubisoft’s For Honor and the PS4 exclusive Nioh, developed by Team Ninja.”

Halo Wars 2 didn’t make it into the highest 10 total. It was No. 6 best-selling recreation on the Xbox One in February, however that doesn’t embody any digital gross sales as a result of Microsoft doesn’t report that knowledge to the NPD.

Past the brand new releases, nevertheless, video games like Rainbow Six: Siege and Overwatch proceed to land on the checklist alongside perennial favorites like Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K17, Name of Obligation, and Madden. Siege’s surge comes possible on account of its rising aggressive scene and its reputation on streaming websites like Twitch.

Right here’s a have a look at the highest 10 best-selling video games by platform:

Xbox One

  1. For Honor
  2. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  3. Name of Obligation: Infinite Warfare
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. Halo Wars 2*
  7. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  8. Battlefield 1
  9. Madden NFL 17
  10. Overwatch**

PlayStation four

  1. For Honor
  2. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Nioh*
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. Name of Obligation: Infinite Warfare
  7. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.eight Last Chapter Prologue
  8. Battlefield 1
  9. Madden NFL 17
  10. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

Wii U

  1. Tremendous Smash Bros.
  2. Paper Mario: Shade Splash
  3. Minecraft
  4. Yoshi’s Wooly World
  5. Tremendous Mario Maker
  6. Pokken Match
  7. New Tremendous Mario Bros. U + New Tremendous Luigi U
  8. Splatoon
  9. Tremendous Mario 3D World
  10. Mario Kart eight


  1. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
  2. Pokémon Solar
  3. Pokémon Moon
  4. Tremendous Mario Maker
  5. Tremendous Smash Bros.
  6. Mario Kart 7
  7. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  8. Pokémon Omega Ruby
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  10. Mario Get together: Star Rush

PlayStation four was the top-selling system, however console gross sales proceed to fall as Microsoft and Sony have saturated a lot of their potential market. It’s possible that some shoppers are saving their for the Nintendo Change that launched in March.

“The PlayStation 4 was the top-selling hardware system in the month,” stated Piscatella. “And for the fifth month running, the PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle was the month’s top selling console.”

Lastly, Nintendo’s devoted handheld noticed a month-over-month bump because of the introduction of pair of latest New 3DSes, which is how you need to write that time period.

“In the portable space, 3DS unit sales were up 77 percent versus January 2017 driven by the 3DS New Galaxy Style model and the 3DS Limited Pikachu Yellow model,” stated Piscatella.

Subsequent month, we’ll get a have a look at how the Change shakes all of this up and the way it stacks as much as different console launches.

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