February NPD: Hardware sales up over January, everything down year over year

The numbers for February are in, and while hardware performance was better than it was in January, both hardware and software sales are seeing significant declines when compared to figures from February 2011.

With hardware and software combined, total new video-game sales rang up at $1.06 billion for last month; a 20 percent decline from the $1.33 billion spent during the same period last year. Breaking that total down, hardware sales accounted for $381.4 million of all moneys spent in February, down 18 percent year over year, while software sales accounted for $464.4 million (down 23 percent year over year) and accessories sales brought in $215.2 million, down 16 percent year over year.

Despite those year over year declines, hardware sales increased 62 percent over January, Vita sales notwithstanding. Factoring in Sony's new handheld boosts that figure all the way up to 87 percent.

On the software front, the Vita's best-selling launch title was Uncharted: Golden Abyss, earning a spot among the month's top 20 overall best-selling titles. The top ten best-selling titles for February can be found after the break, with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning being the only new IP to make the list.
  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
  2. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, 360)
  3. UFC Undisputed 3 (360, PS3)
  4. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (360, PS3, PC)
  5. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
  6. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PC, PS2)
  7. SoulCalibur 5 (360, PS3)
  8. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC)
  9. Twisted Metal 2012 (PS3)
  10. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.