PS4 Beats Nintendo Switch In February NPD, But Switch Sets New Sales Record
Monster Hunter World

There were a lot of proverbial “wins” when it comes to the gaming market for the February, 2018 NPD charts. Sony managed to come out on top with the multiple PS4 SKUs taking the top spot for hardware sales in February, with the PS4 and PS4 Pro managing to outsell the Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and the Nintendo Switch.

However, according to VentureBeat, the Nintendo Switch managed to break the record for achieving the highest install base within the U.S., within 12 months. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella told VentureBeat…

“Spending gains were driven by growth in Switch and Xbox One hardware sales. For the 2018 year-to-date period, hardware spending has increased 79 percent to $594 million.”


“Nintendo Switch remains on a record-setting sales pace,” said Piscatella. “Over the first twelve months in market, Nintendo Switch has achieved the highest installed base for a console platform in history.”

A lot of accessories have been moving as well, especially when it comes to PlayStation 4 accessories. The DualShock 4 has been the best selling controller of February and of all of 2018 so far.

Interestingly enough the best selling exclusive software belongs to Nintendo, with three of the top 10 best selling games at retail over the last 12 months belonging to Nintendo Exclusives.

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  8. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  9. Super Mario Odyssey
  10. Mario Kart 8*

Despite Horizon: Zero Dawn supposedly selling 7.6 million copies, it didn’t make the top 10 chart. It’s highly suspicious given that a game moving that many units surely would have appeared on the retail charts, no?

Perhaps a majority of Horizon’s sales were due to digital copies?

Anyway, February’s top selling games were spearheaded by Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World. The game topped the charts once more after having a blockbuster start this year. Once again, Nintendo’s exclusives filled out multiple spots, with Shadow of the Colossus Remake for the PS4 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for the Xbox One being the only two non-Nintendo exclusives to make the top 20.

  1. Monster Hunter: World
  2. Call of Duty: WWII
  3. NBA 2K18
  4. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Shadow of the Colossus (2018)
  7. UFC 3
  8. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. Super Mario Odyssey
  11. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  13. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds**
  14. Bayonetta 2*
  15. Madden NFL 18
  16. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  17. FIFA 18**
  18. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet
  19. The Sims 4**
  20. Star Wars: Battlefront II


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