January Software Sales Slide Due To Lack Of Big Releases

By Ishaan . February 13, 2014 . 4:32pm

Software sales were down in the U.S. for the month of January. Software dollar trends in January 2014 were down 25% as compared to January 2013, the NPD Group said this afternoon.


This is primarily due to the slide in performance of titles that were released this past November and December, which decreased 36%. (Or 20%, when you take into account that January 2013 was a 5-week tracking period, and Jan. 2014 was four weeks.)


Here are the top-ten sellers for January 2014 in the U.S.:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Ghosts 360, PS3, XBO, PS4, Wii U, PC Activision Blizzard
02. NBA 2K14 PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC Take 2
03. Battlefield 4 PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC Electronic Arts
04. Assassin’s Creed IV 360, PS4, XBO, PS3, NWU, PC Ubisoft
05. Grand Theft Auto V 360, PS3 Take 2
06. Madden NFL 25 PS4, XBO, 360, PS3 Electronic Arts
07. Minecraft 360 Microsoft
08. FIFA 14 PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PSV Electronic Arts
09. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 360, XBO, PS3, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV, PC Warner Bros.
10. Tomb Raider PS4, XBO, 360, PS3 Square Enix

Tracking period: Jan 5th – Feb 1st (2014)


Additionally, January 2013 saw strong launches such as DmC Devil May Cry and Ni no Kuni, and titles of this calibre were missing from January 2014.

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  • Tinye

    Gonna be interesting to see March with Titanfall and Diablo 3

  • Shippoyasha

    Makes sense considering early 2013 tried to have some big releases before gearing up for next gen. Nowadays, people are still saving up for new systems or still trying in vain to hunt down a PS4. And devs are still cooking up a lot of big hitters now. Can’t wait to see what March to July looks like with some big titles coming out.

  • DesmaX

    Well, to be honestly, I wasn’t interessed in any title released this month

    But, anyway, Minecraft was released on the PS3 too. Or this only counts physical releases?

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Nintendo’s software rose up 6% for 3DS and 26% for WiiU

    LBW has sold 715,000 in US Pokemon Sold 3.25 million

  • Domii

    Where are the hardware numbers?

  • artemisthemp

    News Flash – Their is never huge titles coming out in January.

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