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'Monster Hunter: World' Tops February's Best-Selling Video Game Charts

March 21,2018 18:11

Monster Hunter: World topped Call Of Duty: WWII as the best-selling video game of February 2018, making it the best-selling video game two months running. Call Of Duty: WWII remains the best-selling game in the past 12 months. Overall, February ...


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Monster Hunter World tops the sales charts for a second month.

Monster Hunter: World topped Call Of Duty: WWII as the best-selling video game of February 2018, making it the best-selling video game two months running. Call Of Duty: WWII remains the best-selling game in the past 12 months.
Overall, February spending across hardware, software and accessories was up 23% over last year, according to the NPD Group. Total spending was up to $995 million in the US. Year-to-date spending is up 39% to $2.1 billion, with growth across all categories.
Software
Consumers spent $397 million on gaming software across console, portable and PC games, comparable to last year's software spending. According to the NPD, spending on the Nintendo Switch offset declines on other platforms.
Nintendo and Capcom are the top-selling publishers so far in 2018.
Hardware

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The Nintendo Switch is a smash success.

Hardware grew much more rapidly than software in February, up 55% over oe year ago. Total hardware sales were $316 million largely driven by growth in Nintendo Switch and Xbox One sales, though Sony's PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console of February and of 2018 so far. Year-to-date hardware spending is up 79% to $594 million.
Nintendo, meanwhile, continues to see enormous success with the Switch. According to the NPD, over the system's first 12 months on the market, the Switch has "achieved the highest installed base for a console platform in history."
Accessories & Gamecards
Accessories and gamecard spending was up 35% in February over a year ago to $282 million. That's a record high for February. Gamepads were the top-selling accessory, up 46% from a year ago.
Interactive Gaming Toy sales, meanwhile, are down 75% largely thanks to the cancellation of both Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions. Meanwhile, Activision did not publish a new Skylanders game in 2017, leaving Nintendo's amiibo line as one of the only Toys-To-Life lines with any new product.

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Call of Duty WW2 nabbed second place in February.

The Top 20 Best-Selling Games Of February
Monster Hunter: World
Call of Duty: WWII
NBA 2K18
Dragon Ball: Fighterz
Grand Theft Auto V
Shadow of Colossus 2018
UFC 3
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Mario Kart 8*
Super Mario Odyssey*
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds^
Bayonetta 2*
Madden NFL 18
Assassin's Creed: Origins
FIFA 18^
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet
The Sims 4^
Star Wars: Battlefront II^
As you can see, Monster Hunter: World continued to have a strong presence in February, while both NBA 2K18 and Call of Duty: WWII continue to sell well into the new year. Rounding out the top five is Grand Theft Auto V which maintains a steady place on these charts month after month despite having launched in 2013.
European RPG Kingdom Come Deliverance nabbed the #8 spot which is incredibly impressive. The game was developer Warhorse's debut title. Rainbow Six: Siege, despite having launched several years ago, took #10, largely thanks to Ubisoft's continued support of the game and plenty of new content. Mario Kart 8 was #9, and the best-selling Switch game.
Monster Hunter: World was the best-selling game on both Xbox One and PS4. PUBG was the #2 game on Xbox One while Shadow of the Colossus 2018 was #2 on PS4.

Credit: Warhorse

Kingdom Come Deliverance performed very well for a new IP and a debut title.

The Top 10 Best-Selling Games 12-Months Rolling
Call of Duty: WWII
NBA 2K18
Destiny 2^
Madden NFL 18
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
Grand Theft Auto V
Star Wars: Battlefront II^
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Super Mario Odyssey*
Mario Kart 8*
The Top 10 Best-Selling Games Of 2018 To-Date
Monster Hunter: World
Dragon Ball: Fighterz
Call of Duty: WWII
Grand Theft Auto V
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds^
NBA 2K18
Super Mario Odyssey*
Mario Kart 8*
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
UFC 3
* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included
Not any major surprises here, though it's interesting to see a Monster Hunter title perform so well in the West. I get the feeling that Monster Hunter: World's success will shape Capcom's future game release plans in a pretty big way.
It's also interesting that arguably the biggest game of 2018 so far isn't even on these lists. That's because Epic's Fortnite: Battle Royale is free-to-play.
See the best-selling video games of January here.

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