The NPD Group’s month-to-month report on spending throughout the US online game market is out for February, and but once more new information have been set. Particularly, the $4.5 billion whole is 35 p.c larger year-on-year, with year-to-date spending already 39 p.c larger than in 2020 at $9.3 billion.

That’s in keeping with The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella, who was readily available as common with a breakdown through his Twitter web page.


Listed beneath is a replica of Piscatella’s evaluation, which presents commentary on key takeaways throughout every trade section.


  • Month-to-month gross sales of online game {hardware} elevated 121% when in comparison with February 2020, to $406M. That is the best whole for a February month because the $468M reached in February 2011. YTD HW spending totaled $725M, a rise of 130% in comparison with a 12 months in the past.
  • Nintendo Swap was the best-selling {hardware} platform in each items and {dollars} in February. Unit and greenback gross sales of Nintendo Swap {hardware} in February have been the best for any {hardware} platform in a February month because the Nintendo Wii in Feburary 2009.
  • Whole lifetime greenback gross sales of Swap {hardware} now exceed the Nintendo DS, making Swap Nintendo’s 2nd best-selling platform in U.S. tracked historical past (Nintendo Wii ranks first). Swap is presently the seventh best-selling {hardware} platform in lifetime U.S. greenback gross sales.
  • PlayStation 5 ranked because the 2nd best-selling {hardware} platform in February in each unit and greenback gross sales. PlayStation 5 is presently the fastest-selling {hardware} platform in U.S. historical past (whole greenback gross sales after 4 months in market).

Software program

  • Tremendous Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury debuts because the best-selling recreation of February. The title additionally ranks because the 2nd best-selling recreation of 2021 year-to-date, regardless of the shortage of digital gross sales monitoring for Nintendo printed titles.
  • Little Nighmares II launched because the sixth best-selling recreation of February. Little Nightmares II ranked because the fifth best-selling recreation on Xbox platforms, whereas inserting tenth on PlayStation.


  • Spending on online game equipment totaled $195 million in February 2021, 41 p.c larger when in comparison with a 12 months in the past. The Gamepad, Headset/Headphone and Steering Wheel segments all achieved new February greenback gross sales information.
  • The PS5 DualSense Wi-fi Controller White led all equipment in greenback gross sales for the month of February, in addition to 2021 year-to-date.

Under you could find Piscatella’s lists of best-selling software program for the 12 months up to now, each throughout all platforms and individually:

To match this month’s outcomes with January, it’s right here.

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