Yesterday, the NPD published its monthly report for the American market, and in February, everything was down: Software and Hardware. Total sales generated $724 million in revenue, which is a 21% decrease Year on Year ($918.7 million in February 2016). The drop is primarily due to Hardware, which suffered the biggest drop by far.
Here’s some raw data to begin:
- Hardware: $204 million (-30%), as opposed to $292.2 million in Februaryy 2016;
- Console Software: $344.2 million (-14%), as opposed to $402 million in February 2016;
- Accessories (including Toys to Life category): $150.8 million (-21%), as opposed to $191 million in February 2016.
This time around, the NPD shared the Top 10 Software for both the Wii U and handhelds (basically a Nintendo 3DS chart, since PSV sales are way too low).
Here’s the Top 10 for the Wii U:
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Paper Mario: Color Splash
- Minecraft: Wii U Edition
- Yoshi’s Wooly World
- Super Mario Maker
- Pokkén Tournament
- New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U
- Super Mario 3D World
- Mario Kart 8
And here’s the Top 10 for handhelds:
- Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
- Pokémon Sun
- Pokémon Moon
- Super Mario Maker
- Super Smash Bros.
- Mario Kart 7
- Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
- Pokémon Omega Ruby
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- Mario Party: Star Rush
Quite surprisingly, Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World outsold Pokémon Sun and Moon, though it’s likely it wouldn’t have if the two versions were combined.
The NPD notes that console sales accounted for 82% of the total drop in sales. That applies to both the number of units sold and revenue generated, since less consoles were sold, and they were cheaper.
As for the Nintendo 3DS, we don’t get any concrete number, but the NPD notes that sales jumped by 77%, thanks to the New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL model, and the New Nintendo 3DS XL Pikachu Yellow one. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely upcoming months are going to see a similar increase (if there’s an increase at all…).
Next month will have the launch of the Nintendo Switch, which is going to make those monthly chart a tad more exciting than usual!