February NPD 2020


State of the market

February 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $755m, declining 29% vs a year agoLate cycle hardware dynamics for PS4 and Xbox One as well as a lighter new release software slate drove the variance.

Year-to-date 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $1.4 billion, falling 28 percent when compared to a year ago.


Dollar sales of tracked Video Game Software fell 36 percent in February compared to a year ago, to $307 million. Declines were driven by the sparse new release slate. Year-to-date software sales fell 33 percent when compared to prior year, to $618 million.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returns to the top of the chart, ranking as the best-selling game of February. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the second best-selling game of 2020 to date, and remains the best-selling game over the 12 month period ending February.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot remains the best-selling game of 2020.

No new release video game of February 2020 reached the top 20 best-sellers chart. The best-selling new release of the month was The Yakuza Remastered Collection, placing as the 33rd best-selling game of the month.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 returned to the chart, ranking as the 5th best-selling game of February. The title was promotionally priced across both digital (as low as $2.99) and physical retail (as low as $5) during the month.

Ring Fit Adventure moved up one position from its January (which was already its best placement yet) ranking to become the #8 video game on the best-sellers chart in February. The title also ranked as the 2nd best-selling game on Nintendo Switch for the month, trailing only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


Hardware spending in February 2020 fell 34 percent when compared to a year ago, to $183 million. All in market console platforms declined when compared to a year ago. Annual spending has dropped 35 percent, to $312 million.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of February in both unit and dollar sales and reamins the best-selling hardware platform of the year.


Total February 2020 spending on Accessories and Game Cards reached $265 million, falling 14 percent when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date spending has declined 13 percent, to $500 million.

The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller was the best-selling video game accessory for the fourth consecutive month. It is the best-selling accessory year-to-date.

Software charts

February 2020 top 20 :

Xbox One

PlayStation 4

Nintendo Switch

The 10 best-selling games of 2020

The 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months


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2020 predictions: NSW 25m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 11m, XB1 4m

In December 2019 i predicted 21m Switch, 9m PS4 and 3m XB1, but that was before COVID, obvius increased my predictions.