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March NPD Shows PS4 Beating XBO; Nintendo Holding Strong

Overall sales low compared to last year but there is still significant growth.

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Though they’re a bit later than usual, the March NPDs have finally been released.

Once again, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has outsold Microsoft’s Xbox One according to Sony.

“We are truly honored PlayStation 4 is the top selling console and #1 in software sales again according to NPD sales data for March 2015,” said a Sony representative in a statement. “PS4 remains the cumulative sales leader both globally and in the United States and we want to thank gamers worldwide for their ongoing support.”

As for the Xbox One, a Microsoft rep told Gamesbeat: “In March, cumulative U.S. Xbox One sales continued to outpace Xbox 360 sales at the same point in its lifecycle.”

While the PS4 is outselling the XBO, it should be noted that both systems are outpacing sales of their previous-gen counterparts (the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively) with hardware sales for both consoles being 50% higher.

Nintendo’s hardware situation is looking great compared to last year. A Nintendo statement reads: “The New Nintendo 3DS XL system continues to inject growth into Nintendo’s hand-held business, and the momentum created for Wii U in 2014 has carried over into 2015. Take these two elements, add in fun, exclusive titles starring some of the biggest names in gaming, and overall sales of Nintendo hardware systems so far in 2015 have increased by nearly 60 percent over sales during the same time frame in 2014.”

Nintendo also said that 3DS hardware sales increased by 80%. The Wii U’s hardware sales have increased 20% from this same time last year.

Software sales were slow compared to this time last year but they still showed a 58% increase. This is due to people buying current-gen games. Battlefield: Hardline and Bloodborne took the top spots of the month’s top software sales but they didn’t sell as well as Titanfall and inFAMOUS: Second Son did during this same time last year.

Here is the top ten list of games sold in March:

  1. Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Bloodborne (PS4)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  4. Mario Party 10 (Wii U) (sold 290,000 copies physical and digital, according to Nintendo)
  5. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  6. MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  7. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  8. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  9. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)
  10. Final Fantasy: Type 0 HD (PS4, Xbox One)

It should be noted that Battlefield: Hardline sold better on the Xbox One despite the fact that there are more PlayStation 4 systems in people’s homes. Sony’s Bloodborne was only out for half of the month but it still managed to claim the second spot and, as of now, has sold over 1 million copies, 155,000 of which were digital (according to Sony).

Source: VentureBeat

 

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