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And now, February's NPD numbers.
With hardware and software combined, total new video-game sales rang up at $1.06 billion for last month; a 20 percent decline from the $1.33 billion spent during the same period last year. Breaking that total down, hardware sales accounted for $381.4 million of all moneys spent in February, down 18 percent year over year, while software sales accounted for $464.4 million (down 23 percent year over year) and accessories sales brought in $215.2 million, down 16 percent year over year.
Despite those year over year declines, hardware sales increased 62 percent over January, Vita sales notwithstanding. Factoring in Sony's new handheld boosts that figure all the way up to 87 percent.
On the software front, the Vita's best-selling launch title was Uncharted: Golden Abyss, earning a spot among the month's top 20 overall best-selling titles. The top ten best-selling titles for February can be found after the break, with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning being the only new IP to make the list.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, 360)
UFC Undisputed 3 (360, PS3)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (360, PS3, PC) -- 330,000
Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PC, PS2)
SoulCalibur 5 (360, PS3)
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC)
Twisted Metal 2012 (PS3) -- 221K
Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
Asura's Wrath -- 36,000
Syndicate -- 34,000
360 -- 426,000
Wii -- 228K
3DS -- 262K
DS -- 135K
PlayStation 3 -- 360K (PR Math)
PlayStation Vita - 225K (PR Math)
Portable game launch month comparisons:
GBA - 20 - 27 days in launch month NPD, 870K
PSP - 10 days, 619K
NDS - 8 days, 480K
3DS - 7 days, 400K
PSV - 11 days, 225K