The NPD Group have released their data for March 2015, and it comes some fierce competition on the software side. For the third consecutive month the PS4 was the top-selling home console (in February, the 3DS outsold it). In March, the PS4 took back its crown as the best-selling console, period.
Despite the release of Battlefield Hardline and Bloodborne, sales of new software and hardware were down from March 2014. Consumers spent $963.7 million in March 2015, down 6% from 1.02 billion in March 2014. Most of this decline was caused by hardware, which was new in 2014. NPD analyst Liam Callahan notes that due to the mad rush to get the new consoles, software sales went up as people sought out new games for their new consoles.
Here are the Top 10 Selling games of March 2015:
- Battlefield: Hardline [Xbox One, PlayStation 4, 360, PS3, PC]
- Bloodborne [PS4]
- Grand Theft Auto V [Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3]
- Mario Party 10 [Wii U]
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare [PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC]
- MLB 15: The Show [PS4, PS3]
- Minecraft [360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4]
- NBA 2K15 [PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC]
- Borderlands: The Handsome Collection [PS4, Xbox One]
- Final Fantasy: Type 0 HD [PS4, Xbox One]
As stated before, PS4 was the best-selling console of March 2015. In total, the PS4 has been the best-selling console for thirteen out of the seventeen months its been on the market.
“We are truly honored PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console and No. 1 in software sales again according to NPD sales data for March 2015,” a statement from SCEA read. “PS4 remains the cumulative sales leader both globally and in the United States and we want to thank gamers worldwide for their ongoing support.”
Nintendo, like Sony, did not release any numbers, but did give some insight into how well their platforms are performing. On the 3DS side, hardware sales for Q1 2015 have increased by about 80% when compared to Q1 2014. Wii U hardware sales have seen a 20% increase year-over-year.
Microsoft was even more elusive, only stating that lifetime sales of Xbox One continue to outpace sales of Xbox 360 at the same point in their lifecycles.
“In March, cumulative U.S. Xbox One sales continued to outpace Xbox 360 sales at the same point in its lifecycle,” Xbox Marketing VP Mike Nichols revealed.