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February’s NPD sales data was released today, with Take Two’s much anticipated BioShock 2 stepping into the top spot in its first month of release. With 562,900 units sold, the 2K Marin’s underwater epic narrowly edged out Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which moved another 555,600 units, despite having been released in November of last year.Some other non-surprising entries on the chart include both the 360 and PS3 incarnations of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Nintendo’s perennial Wii Sports Resort, and BioWare’s brilliant RPG Mass Effect 2.More surprising is yet another appearance by Ubisoft’s perplexingly popular Just Dance for Wii, which is on track to be the biggest blockbuster video game that no one has ever talked about, ever.Rounding out the list are a couple of new IPs, EA’s God of War inspired Dante’s Inferno (on PS3 and Xbox) and Quantic Dream, which moved an extremely impressive 219,300 units despite being released on February 23. That’s certainly good news for the much-praised adventure game, which many felt was a risky commercial venture for publisher Sony.
NPD U.S. Video Game Industry Sales, February 2010Software Sales1 BioShock 2 (Xbox 360) – Take Two Interactive – 562,900 units sold2 New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – Nintendo – 555,600 units sold3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) – Activision – 314,300 units sold4 Just Dance (Wii) – Ubisoft – 275,400 units sold5 Wii Sports Resort w/Wii Motion Plus (Wii) – Nintendo – 272,500 units sold 6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) – Activision – 252,800 units sold 7 Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360) – Electronic Arts – 246,500 units sold8 Dante’s Inferno: Divine Edition (PS3) – Electronic Arts – 242,500 units sold 9 Dante’s Inferno (Xbox 360) – Electronic Arts – 224,700 units sold 10 Heavy Rain (PS3) – Sony – 219,300 units sold Console SalesNintendo DS – 613,200 units sold Xbox 360 – 422,000 units sold Wii – 397,900 units sold PlayStation 3 – 360,100 units sold PSP – 133,400 units sold PlayStation 2 – 101,900 units sold
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