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[Update 2] Dead Space 3 Tops NPD Charts, Xbox 360 Shows Strong Sales

by Matt Helgeson on Mar 15, 2013 at 07:33 AM

[Update 2]

Dead Space 3's chart-topping North American February sales figures clocked in at 605,000 units. The figure, obtained by GameSpot, tops juggernaut Call of Duty: Black Ops II and the 260,000 Crysis 3 sales that NPD also revealed, though Crysis was only on sale for two weeks out of the reporting period.

[Update 1]

Nintendo released some information about it strong sales for Fire Emblem Awakening for Nintendo 3DS, which sold over 180,000 units in the 28 days of February. This is in comparison to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, which sold 250,000 copies in its lifetime.

[Original Story]

The February 2013 NPD sales numbers have been released, and EA's Dead Space 3 bests Activision's mega-shooter Black Ops II to nab the number one spot. The Xbox 360 also enjoyed it 19th straight month as the best-selling video game system in the U.S.

Software sales, especially at retail, were once again sluggish. New physical sales were $352 million, down 27 percent from the same month last year. While hardware sales were also down 36 percent from 2012, many systems did perform better than last month. Both Wii U and Vita had increased sales of 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively. However, Microsoft's Xbox 360 continued its reign of 19 months as the best-selling console on the market with over 300,000 in sales.

Activision's Skylanders series, including all game, accessory, and toy sales, continued to be a juggernaut, posting over $35 million in total good sales in February alone. According to NPD, the series has sold over $600 million in merchandise and games since its launch in October 2011. This success, especially in single-character packs for Skylanders Giants, led the video game accessories category to a 5 percent growth over last year.

Below are the top selling video games of February 2013.

February 2013 Top 10 Games

1 Dead Space 3 (360, PS3, PC) - Electronic Arts

2 Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC) - Activision Blizzard

3 Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC) - Electronic Arts

4 NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) - 2K Games

5 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, 360) - Konami

6 Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013 (360, PS3, PC) - Sega

7 Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U) - Ubisoft

8 Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC) - Ubisoft

9 Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, PSV) - Sony Computer Entertainment

10 Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U) - EA Sports