PlayStation 4 Outsells Xbox One in March NPD Charts, Nintendo Climbs
Sony's Playstation 4 claims another victory over Microsoft's Xbox One for the month of March as Nintendo starts to ascend.
GamesBeat revealed that game sales were down last month, Xbox One sales are being pummeled by PlayStation 4 sales and that Nintendo is doing surprisingly well. Apparently, Battlefield: Hardline and Bloodborne just weren't exciting enough as sales on software and accessories are down 6 percent (at $963.7 million as compared to $1.02 billion) when compared to the same period last year. At the same time, both the PS4 and Xbox One were still pretty new back then.
Hardware sales were down a whopping $82.3 million from last year. However, Bloodborne and Battlefield Hardline's sales also just didn't compare to last year's Titanfall and Infamous: Second Son sales. This year, software sales were down 3 percent from $405.6 million last March to $395.4 million this March.
Here is a list of the top selling games for March (with their most popular formats in descending order):
- Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- Mario Party 10 (Wii U) (sold 290,000 copies physical and digital, according to Nintendo)
- 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)
However, March was a good month for some things, including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U with a collective 58 percent increase overall compared to the same time last year. As per usual, Sony's PlayStation 4 came out on top with Microsoft's Xbox One still apparently selling well.
On the flip side, Nintendo is seeing a surprising rise in sales, especially since the company hasn't been doing so well in the last two years. The Wii U hit a huge snag in 2013 and Nintendo said goodbye to a lot of fans in 2014. However, something definitely changed, because Wii U sales have increased over 20 percent in the first three months of 2015 when compared to the same time last year (cough Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 cough). The New Nintendo 3DS is also spiking huge interest in the company with 3DS sales growing by 80 percent. This increase in sales for Nintendo isn't even counting all those little amiibo figures that keep selling out in 15 minutes, either.
It will be interesting to see if the Xbox One will be able to redeem itself later on in the year or if the PlayStation 4 will continue to be the undisputed winner of 2015. It would also be interesting to see just how much Nintendo's profits are boosted by its amiibo figurines.