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February NPD Sales Results: Nintendo Back In Top 10

It’s been awhile since Nintendo has had a game in the monthly top 10 software sales results provided by the NPD. I’m very pleased that Fire Emblem Fates, which released on February 19 on the 3DS, was able to secure a spot, as it’s one of my favorite games of the year so far. Birthright landed at number nine. Interestingly, if sales from Conquest and the Special Edition were combined with Birthright, the title would have ranked third. Combining retail and digital copies together, Fates has sold a whopping 400,000 units in just over a week.

Here are the Top 10 software sales for February, 2016:


  • Far Cry: Primal (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm (PS4, Xbox One)
  • NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  • Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4, 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
  • Street Fighter V (PS4)
  • Minecraft (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS)
  • Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)


In addition, the digital sales of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow have been fantastic. Combined sales from the first week broke the sales record previously held by Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS. Nintendo stated:

February was a fantastic month for Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, the newest entries in the critically acclaimed strategy RPG series from Nintendo. The games took two top-10 spots on the best-sellers list from the NPD Group, which tracks U.S. video game sales. In little more than a week, the two versions of Fire Emblem Fates totaled nearly 400,000 combined units sold, including physical and digital versions. This far outpaces 2013’s Fire Emblem Awakening game, the series’ previous record-holder in the United States, and is a testament to both the longstanding popularity and rapidly growing fan base of the franchise.

Momentum should continue with today’s release of Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, a digital-only third version of the game available for purchase to anyone who owns either Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. Fans have weekly DLC to look forward to purchasing, as well.

February also saw the digital debut of the 2D Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow games in Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The games instantly shot to the top of the charts, and together, combined to break the first-week Nintendo eShop sales record previously held by Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

With classic graphics and timeless gameplay, these versions of the original Pokémon adventure are proving to be a popular way for fans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series.


[Source: NeoGAF]

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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