Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Was America’s Second Best-Selling Game In February


Capcom have reason to be happy — Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds was the second best-selling game in the U.S. in the month of February, following Call of Duty: Black Ops, which retained its #1 spot. The NPD Group revealed that Black Ops is now the best-selling game in U.S. history, having outsold Wii Play (note that Wii Sports isn’t counted as it came bundled with the Wii system).


Retail sales of console software in February were up 2% over last year. While there were less games released in February 2011 as compared to February 2010, the top 10 games for Feb ’11 outsold the top 10 from Feb ’10 by 6%, owing to to more significant games being released during the month.


Overall, the console segment of the market was up 12% in dollar sales across hardware, software, accessories, and game cards. Meanwhile, portable sales declined by 27%, and the NPD Group point to the Nintendo 3DS to facilitate growth in the portable market, starting next month.


The top-10 software sales chart for February 2011 was as follows:


01.Call of Duty: Black OpsPS3, 360, PC, Wii, DSActivision Blizzard
02.Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two WorldsPS3, 360Capcom
03.Just Dance 2WiiUbisoft
04.NBA 2K11PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2Take Two
05.Dead Space 2PS3, 360, PCElectronic Arts
06.Zumba Fitness: Join the PartyPS3, 360, WiiMajesco
07.BulletstormPS3, 360, PCElectronic Arts
08.Killzone 3PS3Sony
09.Michael Jackson: The ExperienceWii, PSP, DSUbisoft
10.Mario Sports MixWiiNintendo
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.