Video Games sales in U.S. (retail & digital) - February 2018
Analysis from NPD's VG industry analyst, Mat Piscatella
February 2018 spending across video game hardware, software and accessories grew 23 percent when compared to a year ago, to $995 million. Gains were achieved in Hardware as well as Accessories & Gamecard spending.
Year to date 2018 spending across video game hardware, software and accessories is up 39 percent when compared to the same period a year ago, to $2.1 billion. Growth has occurred across all categories, with Hardware being the primary sales performance driver.
NPD Group's U.S. Games Industry Sales - February 2018
4-Week Reporting Period : 2/4/2018 through 3/3/2018
|Total Video Game Sales||$811m||$995m||23%|
|Video Games Hardware||$204m||$316m||55%|
|PC & Video Games Software (PC, Console and Portable; Physical and Full Game Digital Formats from the STEAM, PlayStation and Xbox platforms)||$397m||$397m||0%|
|Video Games Accessories & Gamecards||$210m||$282m||35%|
2018 / 2017
|Dollar Sales||2017 YTD||2018 YTD||Chg|
|Total Video Game Sales||$1,501m||$2,094m||39%|
|Video Games Hardware||$332m||$594m||79%|
|PC & Video Games Software (PC, Console and Portable ; Physical and Full Game Digital Formats from the Steam, PlayStation and Xbox platforms)||$740m||$916m||24%|
|Video Games Accessories & Gamecards||$429m||$583m||36%|
Dollar sales of Console, Portable and PC Games Software combined to reach $397 million in February 2018, flat when compared to a year ago. Gains in Nintendo Switch spending offset declines across all other platforms. Year to date, software spending has grown 24 percent, to $916 million.
After leading the market in January, Monster Hunter : World repeated as the month's top-selling title overall, once again leading on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. Unsurprisingly, Monster Hunter : World is currently 2018's best-selling game.
Call of Duty : WWII was February's second best-selling title, and remains the best-selling title for the 12-month period ending February 2018.
Mario Kart 8 returned to the top of the Nintendo Switch chart for the first time since May 2017.
Nintendo was February's leading publisher in software dollar sales, while Capcom remains the top-selling publisher of 2018.
February 2018 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales
|Monster Hunter: World||1||Capcom USA|
|Call of Duty: WWII||2||Activision Blizzard (Corp)|
|NBA 2K18||3||Take 2 Interactive (Corp)|
|Dragon Ball: Fighterz||4||Bandai Namco Games (Corp)|
|Grand Theft Auto V||5||Take 2 Interactive (Corp)|
|Shadow of Colossus 2018||6||Sony (Corp)|
|UFC 3||7||Electronic Arts|
|Kingdom Come: Deliverance||8||Deep Silver|
|Mario Kart 8*||9||Nintendo|
|Super Mario Odyssey*||10||Nintendo|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege||11||Ubisoft|
|The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*||12||Nintendo|
|Playerunknown's Battlegrounds^||13||Microsoft (Corp)|
|Madden NFL 18||15||Electronic Arts|
|Assassin's Creed: Origins||16||Ubisoft|
|FIFA 18^||17||Electronic Arts|
|Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet||18||Bandai Namco Games (Corp)|
|The Sims 4^||19||Electronic Arts|
|Star Wars: Battlefront II^||20||Electronic Arts|
* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included
Hardware spending in February 2018 grew 55 percent when compared to a year ago, to $316 million. Spending gains were driven by growth in Switch and Xbox One hardware sales. For the 2018 year-to-date period, hardware spending has increased 79 percent to $594 million.
Total hardware unit sales, dollar sales and average pricing were all up by double-digit percentages in February 2018 when compared to a year ago.
Console hardware spending reached the highest total for a February since 2014 ($345 million).
Sony's PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console in February, and remains the best-selling console year to date.
Nintendo Switch remains on a record-setting sales pace. Over the first twelve months in market, Nintendo Switch has achieved the highest installed base for a console platform in history.
Accessories & Gamecards
Total spending on Accessories and Gamecards grew 35 percent in Feburary 2018 when compared to a year ago, to $282 million, a record high for a February month. The previous record of $262 million was achieved in February 2016. Accessory and Gamecard spending has grown 36 percent for the year to date 2018 period, to $583 million.
Gamepad spending grew 46 percent versus a year ago. Gamepads were the month's best-selling accessory group. Headsets/Headphones, Power Supplies, Memory Cards and Case/Organizer categories all experienced double-digit percentage growth in the month. These gains offset a 75 percent decline in Interactive Gaming Toy sales.
The PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller in Black was the month's best-selling accessory. It remains the best-selling accessory of 2018.