Video sport gross sales continued to say no within the United States in February, in response to industry-tracking agency The NPD Group. And an absence of thrilling new sport releases helped maintain again consoles gross sales as effectively. But whereas individuals are spending much less cash on gaming techniques, Nintendo Switch {hardware} gross sales nonetheless surpassed its getting older and outgoing competitors.

“Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of February in both unit and dollar sales,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella mentioned. “And [it] remains the best-selling hardware platform of the year.”

U.S. gaming followers had few causes to run to the shop to select up a brand new gaming system. And whereas the shortage of content material damage gross sales throughout all of the platforms, the Xbox One and PS4 are additionally preventing time. Fans are waiting for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

So February 2020 {hardware} gross sales are coping with a extremely robust gross sales setting. And that exhibits within the outcomes.

“Hardware spending in February 2020 fell 34% when compared to a year ago, to $183 million,” mentioned Piscatella. “All in-market console platforms declined when compared to a year ago. Annual spending has dropped 35 percent, to $312 million.”

Nintendo Switch leads February 2020 hardware sales

While Switch led {hardware} gross sales, Xbox’s Elite controller continues to dominate equipment

In the accent and sport currency-cards area, Microsoft’s fancy new $180 controller is a gross sales standout. And that is smart contemplating it’s a wonderful gamepad.

“The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller was the best-selling video game accessory for the fourth consecutive month,” mentioned Piscatella. “It is the best-selling accessory year-to-date.”

But, as soon as once more, the general accent area is seeing decline.

“Total February 2020 spending on accessories and game cards reached $265 million, falling 14 percent when compared to a year ago,” mentioned Piscatella. “Year-to-date spending has declined 13 percent, to $500 million.”

And this retraction of gross sales for sport playing cards, controllers, and headsets remains to be extra about Fortnite than the rest. Accessory gross sales skyrocketed by way of 2018 and early 2019, and now they’re persevering with to development again down. But perhaps we’ll see a bounce again quickly as extra folks attempt to keep inside to keep away from the unfold of the continued coronavirus pandemic.