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NPD: sales for February 2015 (United States)


February was a great month for Nintendo, as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D outsold pretty much all the games during that month (including some AAA titles such as Evolve and Dying Light, which are cross-platform). According to the NPD, it’s great news for Nintendo, who is planning to launch a new mainline Zelda on Wii U in time for the holidays, and is positionning it as a system-seller.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was launched on February 13th, and during the 17 days that followed, it sold over 515 000 units (including both digital and retail copies). It’s even become the fastest-selling Zelda game on a handheld ever! It looks like launching this long-awaited game right along with the New Nintendo 3DS was a great move from Nintendo, which really paid off in the end.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate also did really well: it sold over 290 000 units (retail + digital) during the 17 days that followed its release. MH4U is therefore the fastest-selling Monster Hunter game ever in the United States, across all platforms. Even better: it’s also the fastest-selling Capcom game on Nintendo 3DS in the United States.

Here’s some additional sales data for various Wii U / 3DS games:

– The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: 515 000;
– Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 290 000;
– Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (LTD) – 1.5 million;
– Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (LTD) – 2.1 million;
– Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire LTD- 2.9 million;
– Kirby and Rainbow Curse – 52 000 (estimation, not confirmed).

Here’s the Sofware Top 10 for February:

01. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) (515,000 copies, digital + physical)
02. Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
03. Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
04. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
05. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
06. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)
07. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)
08. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
09. The Order: 1886 (PS4)
10. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) (290,000 copies, digital + physical)


Thanks to the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 3DS had a great February in the United States. According to Nintendo, almost 395 000 units were sold during that month, and unsurprisingly, the majority were New Nintendo 3DS. During its initial timeframe, the New Nintendo 3DS sold 130% more than the Nintendo 3DS XL back in August 2012.

Overall, during the first two months of 2014, sales of the Nintendo 3DS have increased by 90%. As for the Wii U, 2014 was its best year so far, and during the first two months of 2015, hardware sales have increased by 20% compared to the same period in 2014.

amiibo are still selling pretty well, too, as the total of figures sold since launch has reached 3.5 million just in the United States. Since Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has sold over 1.5 million units since November 21st, that means the the attach rate for amiibo is 2.5 per game sold.

Hardware sales:

– Nintendo 3DS Family: 395 000 units, Best-Selling Platform
– PlayStation 4: Best-Selling Home Console
– XBox One: roughly 276 000 units
– Wii U: roughly 94 000 units

Sources: NPD / Nintendo (via VentureBeat)


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