Bioshock Infinite Slingshots to Top Spot in U.S. Game Sales
"When you consider our preliminary estimate for other physical format sales in March such as used and rentals at $190 million, and our estimate for digital format sales including full game and add-on content downloads including micro-transactions, subscriptions, mobile apps, and the consumer spend on social network games at $670 million, we would estimate the total consumer spend in March to be just under $1.9 billion," NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan said in a statement.
It's important to note that NPD Group's data doesn't reflect a dime's worth of digital sales, such as those from Steam, Xbox Live Marketplace, Origin, and other digital distribution platforms.
On the hardware side, NPD Group said the tally came to $221.6 million, representing a 32 percent decline in spending, and possibly a reflection that gamers are waiting for next generation console launches. Portable platforms were hit especially hard in March, except for Nintendo's 3DS handheld, sales of which grew percent year-over-year. Once again, Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the top selling console, adding another 261,000 unit sales last month in the U.S.
Non-PC software sales were flat at $554.8 million (-1 percent). Here's a look at the most popular titles:
- BioShock Infinite (X360, PS3, PC)
- Tomb Raider (X360, PS3)
- Gears of War: Judgment (X360)
- God of War: Ascension (PS3)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
- MLB13: The Show (PS3, PS Vita)
- NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (X360, PS3, Wii U)
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (X360, PS3)
Be sure to read our reviews and analysis of the top two selling games, Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider.