February 2017 NPD: For Honor Is the Best-Selling Game of the Year So Far

March 17, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

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Total industry sales last month in the United States were down 21% year-over-year to $724 million, the NPD has revealed. This includes a 30% drop to $204 million for hardware, a 14% drop to $344.2 million for console and portable software, and a 21% drop to $150.8 million for accessories.

Discussing hardware, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said the Uncharted 4 PlayStation 4 bundle was once again the #1 SKU:

The PlayStation 4 was the top-selling hardware system in the month. And for the fifth month running, the PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle was the month’s top selling console.

Looking at software, For Honor was the #1 game in February, while Nioh debuted in 9th (Halo Wars 2 didn’t crack the overall top 10, but it did finish in 6th on the Xbox One chart). Piscatella said:

Ubisoft’s For Honor was the best-selling game of February 2017 despite having only 12 days in market during the month. And two new releases debut in the month’s Top 10: Ubisoft’s For Honor and the PS4 exclusive Nioh, developed by Team Ninja.

Here’s the top 10 best-selling games of February 2017 (January 30 to February 25) in the US through physical and digital retailers, keeping in mind that Battle.net sales aren’t included for Overwatch and digital sales aren’t included for Nioh:

  1. For Honor
  2. Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  6. Rainbow Six Siege
  7. Madden NFL 17
  8. Battlefield 1
  9. Nioh
  10. Overwatch

And here’s the top 10 best-selling PS4 games of February 2017 in the US:

  1. For Honor
  2. Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Nioh
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  7. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
  8. Battlefield 1
  9. Madden NFL 17
  10. Rainbow Six Siege

The NPD also revealed the top 10 best-selling games so far in 2017 based on dollar sales, as well as the top 10 best-selling games for the last 12 months (through February 2017) based on dollar sales:

Best-Selling Games of 2017 So Far

  1. For Honor
  2. Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. Battlefield 1
  7. Madden NFL 17
  8. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
  9. Rainbow Six Siege
  10. Overwatch

Best-Selling Games of the Last 12 Months

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. NBA 2K17
  4. The Division
  5. Madden NFL 17
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Overwatch
  8. FIFA 17
  9. Final Fantasy XV
  10. Dark Souls III

With the launches of Horizon Zero Dawn, Mass Effect Andromeda, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the Nintendo Switch, how do you think the industry will do in the March 2017 sales period?

[Source: Games Industry, GameSpot, VentureBeat]