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Mass Effect 3, Operation Raccoon City Were March’s Top Sellers In U.S.


The games industry was down 25% in sales this past March as compared to March 2011, the NPD Group reports. All hardware saw a decline in sales versus last March, although NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, adds that the high-definition consoles fared better than others. The Xbox 360 remained in the lead with 371,000 units sold in March, which accounts for 40% market share.


The top-ten selling games in March were as follows:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Mass Effect 3 PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
02. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City PS3, 360 Capcom
03. MLB 12: The Show PS3, PSV Sony
04. NBA 2K12 PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2 Ubisoft
05. SSX 2012
PS3, 360 Electronic Arts
06. Street Fighter X Tekken PS3, 360 Capcom
07. Mario Party 9 Wii Nintendo
08. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PS3, 360, Wii, PC Activision Blizzard
09. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations PS3, 360 Namco Bandai
10. Major League Baseball 2K12 PS3, 360, Wii, PC, NDS, PSP, PS2 THQ


Mass Effect 3, which was the best-selling game for the month “sold more than twice as much as did Mass Effect 2 during its introductory month in January 2010” according to Frazier.


Additionally, while it isn’t in the list above, Nintendo’s Kid Icarus: Uprising sold well, too. While the NPD Group doesn’t provide numbers for individual titles anymore, Frazier says that the game was in the top-10 individual SKUs (single platform) for the month.

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.