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Forums - Sales Discussion - February NPD 2021: Switch~614k, PS5 ~300K, XBS <175k


Switch ~614k
PS5 = 288k-307k

XBS < 175k


State of the market

February 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories reached a February record $4.6B35 percent higher when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date spending totaled $9.3B39 percent higher than the same period in 2020.


Monthly sales of video game hardware increased 121% when compared to February 2020, to $406M. This is the highest total for a February month since the $468M reached in February 2011. YTD HW spending totaled $725M, an increase of 130% compared to a year ago.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars in February. Unit and dollar sales of Nintendo Switch hardware in February were the highest for any hardware platform in a February month since the Nintendo Wii in Feburary 2009.

Total lifetime dollar sales of Switch hardware now exceed the Nintendo DS, making Switch Nintendo's 2nd best-selling platform in U.S. tracked history (Nintendo Wii ranks first). Switch is currently the 7th best-selling hardware platform in lifetime U.S. dollar sales.

PlayStation 5 ranked as the 2nd best-selling hardware platform in February in both unit and dollar sales. PlayStation 5 is currently the fastest selling hardware platform in U.S. history (total dollar sales after 4 months in market).


Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury debuts as the best-selling game of February. The title also ranks as the 2nd best-selling game of 2021 year-to-date, despite the lack of digital sales tracking for Nintendo published titles.

Little Nighmares II launched as the 6th best-selling game of February. Little Nightmares II ranked as the 5th best-selling game on Xbox platforms, while placing 10th on PlayStation.

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I just hope Nintendo maintains momentum. Nintendo is going to need some heavy hitters throughout the second half of the year.

3D World took the top spot without any digital sales included. That is fairly impressive. Also 613k-753k for Switch is hella impressive, even on the low end.

Interesting to see Persona 5 Strikers on 3rd place despite charting only for PS.

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Let's hope we get more leak for PS5 and XBS.

If we do some math, we could get a top-end for PS5, Switch sells 70/30 in favor of the Hybrid so that's a $270 average so Switch revenue would be between $165.5m and $203.3m. If we take a 25/75 ratio for PS5, that's an average price of 475$ which would mean the PS5 top range would be 348k to 428k.

Does that make sense?

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Stuart23 said:

Interesting to see Persona 5 Strikers on 3rd place despite charting only for PS.

Well, there’s no Switch list in the OP.

It’s probably #2 or #3 on that list behind Bowser’s Fury and Bravely Default 2.

NSW is building a nice cushion against 2020 numbers.

Let’s go Nintendo! Beat Nintendo again!

PAOerfulone said:
Stuart23 said:

Interesting to see Persona 5 Strikers on 3rd place despite charting only for PS.

Well, there’s no Switch list in the OP.

It’s probably #2 or #3 on that list behind Bowser’s Fury and Bravely Default 2.

Mat Piscatella posted all the charts on Twitter earlier this morning. Persona 5 Strikers did not chart at all on the Switch top 10. So the PS userbase pretty much carried the sales for P5S. 

Ryng said:

This is simply insane.

The Switch is unstoppable, improving year-on-year

SM3DW slaying and being #1 without digital sales included