Consumer spending on video video games and associated merchandise within the United States continues to say no, in line with industry-tracking agency The NPD Group. For the February 2020 NPD report, complete {industry} spending on {hardware}, new full video games, and equipment dropped considerably. It was a sluggish month for brand new releases, and gaming followers are much less more likely to spend massive on new {hardware} with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X coming this vacation.

February 2020 Dollar Sales Feb’19 Feb’20 Change
Total Video Game Sales $1,061m $755m -29%
Video Games Hardware $277m $183m -34%
PC & Video Games Software (PC, Console and Portable; Physical and Full Game Digital Formats from the STEAM, PlayStation and Xbox platforms) $477m $307m -31%
Video Games Accessories & Game Cards $308m $265m -11%

“February 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $755 million, declining 29% when compared to a year ago,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella mentioned. “Late cycle hardware dynamics for PS4 and Xbox One as well as a lighter new release software slate drove the variance.”

February 2019 noticed main new releases like Anthem, Far Cry: New Dawn, Metro: Exodus, and Jump Force. February 2020 had nothing. The high 20 best-selling video games of the month consists of zero new releases.

Sales are additionally down for the 12 months by means of the primary two months.

“Year-to-date 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories, and Game Cards totaled $1.4 billion,” mentioned Piscatella. “[That fell] 28% when compared to a year ago.”

February 2020 NPD: Spending dips after another slow month

Let’s get to the gross sales charts.

February 2020 NPD: The high 20 best-selling video games of the month within the U.S.

NPD tracks bodily gross sales at retailers, but it surely additionally will get digital information immediately from publishers. But not each firm participates. For instance, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party digital gross sales, and Activision Blizzard doesn’t present its Battle.internet gross sales. This chart additionally doesn’t embody microtransactions, subscriptions, or something past full-game gross sales. With these caveats in thoughts, it’s best to think about this as a really helpful snapshot of a way more dynamic {industry}.

These charts are sorted by greenback gross sales — not variety of models bought.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  5. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Ring Fit Adventure
  8. Madden NFL 20
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  10. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  11. Minecraft#
  12. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  13. Red Dead Redemption II
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  15. Pokemon Sword*
  16. Just Dance 2020
  17. FIFA 20
  18. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  19. Need for Speed: Heat
  20. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*

* Digital gross sales not included
^ Steam gross sales not included
# Minecraft digital gross sales on Xbox and PlayStation included

Overall, software program was down considerably — though that isn’t shocking or surprising.

“Dollar sales of tracked video game software fell 36% in February compared to a year ago, to $307 million,” mentioned Piscatella. “Declines were driven by the new release slate. Year-to-date software sales fell 33 percent when compared to prior year, to $618 million.”

People are holding off for next-gen and since February had a dearth of recent releases.

“No new release video game of February 2020 reached the top 20 best-sellers chart.  The best-selling new release of the month was The Yakuza Remastered Collection, placing as the 33rd best-selling game of the month.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returned to the top of the chart, ranking as the best-selling game of February,” mentioned Piscatella. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the second best-selling game of 2020 to date, and remains the best-selling game over the 12 month period ending February.”

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

“Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 returned to the chart, ranking as the fifth best-selling game of February,” mentioned Piscatella. “The title was promotionally priced across both digital (as low as $2.99) and physical retail (as low as $5) during the month.”

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

“Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot remains the best-selling game of 2020 year to date,” mentioned Piscatella. “The title ranked as the fourth best-selling game of February. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was the only 2020 release to rank among the top 20 best-selling games in the month.”

Ring Fit Adventure

“Ring Fit Adventure moved up one position from its January ranking to become the No. 8 video game on the best-sellers chart in February,” mentioned Piscatella. “The title also ranked as the second best-selling game on Nintendo Switch for the month, trailing only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.”

Top 10 video games to this point this 12 months

  1. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  3. NBA 2K20
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Madden NFL 20
  6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  9. Ring Fit Adventure
  10. Minecraft#

Top 10 video games of the final 12 months

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20
  4. Borderlands 3
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  7. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  10. Mario Kart 8*

Top 10 Xbox One Games in February 2020

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  4. Madden NFL 20
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  7. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  9. Borderlands 3
  10. Red Dead Redemption II

Top 10 PS4 video games in February 2020

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  5. Madden NFL 20
  6. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  7. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  8. Dreams
  9. FIFA 20
  10. Need for Speed: Heat

Top 10 Nintendo Switch video games in February 2020

  1. Mario Kart 8*
  2. Ring Fit Adventure
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  4. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Pokemon Sword*
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  8. Just Dance 2020
  9. Super Mario Party*
  10. Pokemon Shield*