It's that time again — though it seems slightly later than normal — with the NPD figures emerging to show overall games industry sales for March in the U.S. As often happens, Nintendo jumped ahead of the game earlier this week to tell us some impressive sales figures for the 3DS eShop and its software, but now we have a broader, more conclusive picture for the last month on the high street.
Well, sort of. On the software side we can report the happy news the physical U.S. sales of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon to date, of 365,000 units — 415,000 is the total including downloads — have helped the title to be the 6th biggest selling in March; with consideration that it only arrived on 24th March, that's impressive.
1. BioShock Infinite (PC, PS3, X360)
2. Tomb Raider (PS3, X360)
3. Gears of War: Judgment (X360)
4. God of War: Ascension (PS3)
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
6. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
7. MLB 13: the Show (PS3, Vita)
8. NBA 2K13 (PC, PS3, PSP, Wii U, X360)
9. The Walking Dead: Survival instinct (PS3, Wii U, X360)
10. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, X360)
Considering the fact that it's widely agreed to be rather rubbish, the presence of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct in 9th place is disheartening, as is the news that even with 3DS and Wii U sales combined, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate didn't make it to the top 10. It's worth noting that this NPD top 10 only accounts for physical sales.
Total industry spend of $992.5 million in the region was 10% lower than the equivalent month last year, mainly due to hardware drops, but one positive is that software sales showed small growth for the first time since November 2011. In terms of hardware sales, meanwhile, only Microsoft has revealed figures at the time of writing, though we expect reasonable results for 3DS — based on Nintendo's positive noises this week. We're not sure the news will be good for Wii U, however, especially in light of Reggie Fils-Aime's recent comments about a slow pace of game launches, and the general lack of noise about the console's sales in recent weeks.
We will know how Wii U has performed so far in 2013 soon, however, with Nintendo scheduled to release its yearly financial results next week. We'll provide full coverage here on Nintendo Life, of course.