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By the Numbers: February hardware sales

March 14, 2010

The NPD Group has released software and hardware numbers in the month of February. As we previously reported the Xbox 360 version of Bioshock 2 was number 1 on the software list. The forever popular DS (which included numbers of both the DS Lite and DSi) was at the top of the hardware list followed by, not its older Nintendo brother, but the 360. The last time the 360 overtook the Wii was with the help of Halo 3 in 2007.

Hit the jump for a complete breakdown of hardware sales and how those numbers compare to last month and year’s numbers.

When compared to the over 190,000 that separates the DS and the 360, the difference in numbers between the three home consoles isn’t that great. About 30,000 separates the three; that’s a big number in itself, but not in the grand scheme of things.

  • Nintendo DS — 613,200
  • Xbox 360 — 422,000
  • Wii — 397,900
  • PlayStation 3 — 360,100
  • PlayStation Portable — 133,400
  • PlayStation 2 — 101,900

According to Gamesindustry.biz hardware revenues for the video game industry as a whole are down 20 percent to $426.4 million. Year-over-year the U.S. software market saw a decrease of 15 percent in the month of February, down to $624.4 million. Gamesindustry.biz also said there has been a monthly increase of hardware sales since January of this year. As for the year-over-year decline they said most of it can be credited to shortages of the Wii and PS3. These shortages have benefitted the 360 as the numbers have shown. The PS3s sold in February compared to the those sold the same month last year amount to a 30 percent increase for the console.

Below are hardware numbers for the month of January for you analysts in training to do some comparing.

  • Wii — 465,800
  • Nintendo DS — 422,200
  • Xbox 360 — 332,800
  • PlayStation 3 — 276,900
  • PlayStation Portable — 100,100
  • PlayStation 2 — 41,600
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