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  • Blog Post: October 2014 NPD: NBA 2K15 Catches Nothing But Net In Even Month

    This month's NPD report shows the industry leveling out year-over-year, with hardware gains making up for retail software losses. Console and handheld sales climbed to $273.5 million from $171.7 million over this month last year (a 59 percent jump). Software fell by 27 percent from 482.6 million... More
  • Blog Post: September 2014 NPD - Hardware Drives Growth Despite Sluggish Software Sales

    The NPD Group has issued its report for the month of September 2014. Sony already revealed that PlayStation 4 won the month , which is a five-week period instead of the normal four. Destiny was a big driver, leading the month. Other new releases that charted in September include: FIFA 15, Super Smash... More
  • Blog Post: Super Smash Bros. Ushers In Big Gains For Nintendo

    Super Smash Bros. has been one of Nintendo's most anticipated games this year, and early sales of the 3DS version are just one of the company's bragging points for the month of September. Nintendo has released a statement ahead of this evening's NPD report, which reveals that Super Smash... More
  • Blog Post: August NPD: Madden Scores, Xbox One And PS4 Sales Keep Trucking

    The NPD Group has issued its report for August 2014, revealing a strong month for hardware, but a soft month for game sales at retail in the United States. Madden NFL 15 takes the top spot for August, with only two other new releases appearing on the top ten list. Total retail sales are up over 2013... More
  • Blog Post: July 2014 NPD: Sony Leads With PS4 And The Last Of Us

    The Last of Us is a great game , and the PlayStation 4 has been selling very well , so it's not a surprise that Sony looks like the champion when it comes to breaking down July NPD sales numbers. According to the monthly NPD report, Sony may have the best-selling console and game, but things are... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Dogs And Mario Dominate June NPD Numbers, Console Sales Strong

    Ubisoft's open-world hacking epic and Nintendo's latest racer posted strong sales in June. In the latest NPD charts, last month's big games continued to dominate the charts. Ubisoft's Watch Dogs and Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 experienced strong sales. Nintendo has confirmed that Mario... More
  • Blog Post: May 2014 NPD: PlayStation 4 And Watch Dogs Come Out On Top

    It’s no surprise that Watch Dogs came out on top of the May 2014 NPD report given its stellar performance out of the gate . This month did hold some surprises, and something for Nintendo to crow about. While we don’t know the sales gap between the five-SKU Watch Dogs and second place, the... More
  • Blog Post: Hardware Sales See Dramatic Increase In Q1 2014 NPD Numbers

    A new press release from the NPD states that consumers spent $4.6 billion dollars on video games in the first quarter of this year. That marks a 47% increase in hardware sales (up to $983 million) compared to last year, which can clearly be attributed to the recent release of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One... More
  • Blog Post: Titanfall, PlayStation 4 Top April NPD Charts

    Microsoft's big exclusive was the best-selling game of April, but Sony continued its run atop the hardware sales charts. Overall, the industry saw 17-percent growth over the same month last year, due largely to the continued strong sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. "Life to date, sales of... More
  • Blog Post: March 2014 NPD: Hardware Moves, Software Slows

    The NPD Group has released its report on the video game industry for the month of March 2014. The sector saw growth during the four week period in hardware and accessories, but software dipped year over year. Notably, NPD estimates total consumer spending at $1.66 billion, representing a three-percent... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Get Your March NPD Predictions In Now

    This evening, the NPD Group will release its monthly video game industry report. We want to know what games you think will be on the top 10 and which console will be on top this month. As a reminder, the NPD report only includes United States retail traffic. That means digital sales and pack-ins aren’t... More
  • Blog Post: February NPD Charts Show Strong Hardware Sales

    Hardware sales grew in February compared to a year ago, fueled by the two new consoles on the market. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One reported strong sales, with PS4 enjoying a slight lead, but all platforms performed strongly at retail. According to NPD's Liam Callahan, "February 2014 hardware... More
  • Blog Post: NPD January 2014: Industry Down In First Month Of New Year

    The January 2014 NPD report is out, and while the industry appears to be down significantly in the first month of the year, the situation isn’t nearly as dire as it seems. This month represents a five-week reporting period (required to maintain seasonal reporting integrity), so we’ll be sharing... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: Xbox One Has Sold 2.29 Times Faster Than Xbox 360

    Microsoft has revealed some detail coming out of the NPD report for January 2014. The Xbox One is off to a much stronger start than the Xbox 360, selling more than double the number of consoles when comparing the first three months of both life cycles. Microsoft also revealed that it has sold 2.27 million... More
  • Blog Post: NPD Reports Total Video Game Software Spending In United States Up Slightly In 2013

    The NPD has issued its report on video game spending in the United States in 2013. The data includes new retail, used retail, rental, and digital (inclusive of subscriptions and DLC). NPD reports that Americans spent $15.39 billion in 2013, up 1 percent from 2012. Physical sales declined 11 percent year... More
  • Blog Post: Grand Theft Auto V Is The Best Selling Game Of 2013

    The NPD Group released its findings for the top selling games of the year and for December specifically (digital sales excluded). As usual, no specific sales numbers are provided and all versions of the game across all platforms are pooled together. Top 10 Games of 2013 1) Grand Theft Auto V 2) Call... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Claims Top U.S. December Hardware Sales On Both Generations, But 3DS Wins Overall

    December marked the first month that both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were on sale for the entire data collection time span. Microsoft's Larry Hryb a.k.a. Major Nelson tweeted out the latest numbers the company got from NPD, and it appears things turned out well for team Xbox. Check it out: NPD: Xbox... More
  • Blog Post: November 2013 NPD: Sony Leads The Way

    The November 2013 NPD Report is out, and after selling through one million units on the first day of PlayStation 4’s North American life, Sony sits atop the charts. Additionally, Sony’s next-gen software sales exceeded those of the competition. On the PlayStation Blog, Sony has touted its... More
  • Blog Post: Video Game Spending Up 17 Percent In Third Quarter Acccording To NPD

    The NPD has released a statement indicating that this year’s third quarter is significantly better than the same period last year. Growth in new physical games, digital full titles, and downloadable content on consoles and PCs drove a 17 percent jump this quarter. NPD reports that $3.45 billion... More
  • Blog Post: Los Santos Tourism Still High As Grand Theft Auto V Tops October 2013 NPD

    The October 2013 NPD report reflecting retail video game hardware and software sales has been released. While Grand Theft Auto V keeps the top spot for another month, Nintendo sweeps in with Pokémon X and Y in the second and third positions. The NPD also reports that overall sales in the sector... More
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