Anthem Sales Open Strong In The US, Second-Biggest BioWare Release Ever For First Month

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The NPD Group has released its US sales report for February, revealing the best-selling hardware and software for the month and providing an overall health update on the industry.

Starting with game sales, BioWare’s Anthem was the best-selling title of the month, beating out other new releases like Jump Force, Far Cry New Dawn, and Metro Exodus.

Anthem enjoyed the second highest launch-month sales in BioWare’s history, only behind 2012’s Mass Effect 3. It is now 2019’s second best-selling game, trailing only Kingdom Hearts III. One caveat to mention with Anthem is that PC digital sales are not included. Publisher Electronic Arts has not shared any hard sales data for Anthem.

Also notable on the software side is that Metro Exodus debuted at No. 8; it was outsold by a number of 2018 games such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Red Dead Redemption II. Still, Exodus’ first-month sales were the highest in franchise history, eclipsing the first-month sales of Metro: Last Light by almost 50 percent, according to the NPD. As with Anthem, PC digital sales for Metro Exodus are not included.

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In total, February software spending in the US across console, portable, and PC games reached $457 million, which is up 15 percent. Year-to-date, spending stands at $896 million, and that’s up 10 percent compared to last year.

You can see the best-seller charts for February 2019 at the bottom of this post.

Moving to hardware, the Nintendo Switch was February’s best-selling platform. It is also the highest-selling system of 2019. Also notable is that Nintendo posted its highest February month for hardware sales since February 2011. Across all platforms, hardware spending dropped 12 percent year-over-year to $277 million.

February 2019 US SalesTop 20 Games All PlatformsAnthem^Jump ForceKingdom Hearts IIIFar Cry New DawnRed Dead Redemption IIResident Evil 2Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Metro: Exodus^NBA 2K19Call of Duty: Black Ops 4^New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*Mario Kart 8*Grand Theft Auto VAssassin’s Creed: OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*Minecraft#Super Mario Party*Rainbow Six SiegeMadden NFL 19^Spider-Man2019 Year-To-Date Top 10 GamesKingdom Hearts IIIAnthem^Resident Evil 2Jump ForceRed Dead Redemption IISuper Smash Bros. Ultimate*Call of Duty: Black Ops 4^New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*NBA 2K19Ace Combat 7: Skies UnknownAll Platforms 12 Months Ending February 2019Red Dead Redemption IICall of Duty: Black Ops 4^NBA 2K19Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Madden NFL 19^Spider-ManFar Cry 5God of WarAssassin’s Creed: OdysseyMario Kart 8*February 2019 Xbox OneAnthemJump ForceFar Cry New DawnRed Dead Redemption IIKingdom Hearts IIICall of Duty: Black Ops 4NBA 2K19Resident Evil 2Metro: ExodusGrand Theft Auto VFebruary 2019 PS4AnthemJump ForceKingdom Hearts IIIRed Dead Redemption IIResident Evil 2Metro: ExodusFar Cry New DawnNBA 2K19Call of Duty: Black Ops 4Spider-ManFebruary 2019 Nintendo SwitchSuper Smash Bros. UltimateNew Super Mario Bros. U DeluxeMario Kart 8The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSuper Mario PartySuper Mario OdysseyPokemon: Let’s Go PikachuPokemon: Let’s Go EeveeSplatoon 2MinecraftFebruary 2019 3DSYo-Kai Watch 3Etrian Odyssey: NexusMario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s JourneyPokemon: Ultra SunPokemon: Ultra MoonThe Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DSuper Smash Bros.Super Mario MakerMario Kart 7Super Mario 3D Land

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* Digital sales not included

^ PC digital sales not included

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