Dead Space 3 Leads February As Retail Sales Drop 30%


Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3 were took the #1 and #3 spots on the software sales chart for January in the U.S., according a report from the NPD Group. At #5 was Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and following it at #6 was the critically panned Aliens: Colonial Marines. Of course, without sales figures for these games, it’s hard to gauge how well any of them did.


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Dead Space 3 360, PS3, PC Electronic Arts
02. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 360, PS3, Wii U PC Activision Blizzard
03. Crysis 3 360, PS3, PC Electronic Arts
04. NBA 2K13 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC Take 2
05. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeaence PS3, 360 Konami
06. Aliens: Colonial Marines 360, PS3, PC Sega
07. Just Dance 4 Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U Ubisoft
08. Far Cry 3 360, PS3, PC Ubisoft
09. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time PS3, PSV Sony
10. Madden NFL 13 360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U Electronic Arts

Reporting period: Feb 3rd – March 2nd, 2013.


Collectively, however, February launches at retail performed worse than February 2012, with units sales down 30%, according to the NPD Group’s Liam Callahan.


Meanwhile, on the hardware front, the Xbox 360 302,000 units in February, maintaining its lead in the U.S., Microsoft have announced. Additionally, total retail spend on the Xbox 360 in February was the highest of any console.


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.