The NPD Group has once again given us an anorexic view of video game sales in the United States, this time for February 2011.
The three consoles all sold similarly, with the 360 kinecting with 535,000 purchasers. The Wii waggled 454,000, while the PS3 moved 403,000. In other news, my jokes are pathetic.
An absence of handheld numbers for another month probably indicates that the DS’s sales have slowed to “middling” ahead of the 3DS launch, and the PSP is languishing in defeat. Nintendo will presumably be proud enough of 3DS’s sales that we’ll get those in the months ahead.
On the software side, Call of Duty: Black Ops took top spot. The title has now moved 13.7 million units across all of its various console iterations. That’s good enough to give it the title of best selling game in the United States ever, sort of. The numbers only work if you don’t include pack-ins (Nintendo has sold 35 million Wiis in the US, and therefore 35 million copies of Wii Sports) and insist on counting the sometimes vary different versions of the game for different systems as the same thing.