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

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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:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3, 360, PC, Wii, DS Activision Blizzard
02. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds PS3, 360 Capcom
03. Just Dance 2 Wii Ubisoft
04. NBA 2K11 PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2 Take Two
05. Dead Space 2 PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
06. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party PS3, 360, Wii Majesco
07. Bulletstorm PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
08. Killzone 3 PS3 Sony
09. Michael Jackson: The Experience Wii, PSP, DS Ubisoft
10. Mario Sports Mix Wii Nintendo

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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.