Total industry spending for video game hardware, software, and accessories from Feb. 4 through March 3, 2018 increased 23 percent to $995 million compared to last year, according to analysis from The NPD Group.
Video games hardware sales compared to the same period last year increased 55 percent from $316 million last year to $204 million this year; video games software increased 0 percent from $397 million last year to $397 million this year; and video games accessories increased 35 percent from $282 million last year to $210 million this year.
“After leading the market in January, Monster Hunter: World repeated as the month’s top-selling title overall, once again leading on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. Unsurprisingly, Monster Hunter: World is currently 2018’s best-selling game. Call of Duty: WWII was February’s second best-selling title, and remains the best-selling title for the 12-month period ending February 2018.”
“Mario Kart 8 returned to the top of the Nintendo Switch chart for the first time since May 2017. Nintendo was February’s leading publisher in software dollar sales, while Capcom remains the top-selling publisher of 2018,” says Mat Piscatella, NPD’s video game analyst.
The top 10 games for the period based on dollar sales in August across all platforms are Monster Hunter: World, Call of Duty: WWII, NBA: 2k18, Dragon Ball: Fighterz, Grand Theft Auto V, Shadow of Colossus 2018, UFC 3, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Mario Kart 8, and Super Mario Odyssey.