• Monster Hunter: World helps Capcom own January in the U.S

    6 monthes ago - By Venture Beat

    Capcom likes January. The company was the top-performing publisher in the United States, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Monster Hunter: World was the driving factor here, as it was the No. 1 selling game of the month overall as well as on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.
    “Sales of Monster Hunter: World represent an all-time launch month high for the Monster Hunter franchise in the U.S.,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said.
    The publisher had already confirmed that this was the fastest-selling Monster Hunter ever, and now the NPD has added some color to that. Monster...
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  • January 2018 NPD: Switch leads console sales; PlayStation 4 is No. 1 for revenues

    January 2018 NPD: Switch leads console sales; PlayStation 4 is No. 1 for revenues

    6 monthes ago - By Venture Beat

    More people bought Nintendo Switch consoles than Xbox One or PlayStation 4 systems in January in the U.S., but consumers spent more money on Sony's system, according to industry-intelligence firm The NPD Group. Don't worry about the Xbox One, though - it had its best January ever.
    NPD confirmed that PS4, Switch, and Xbox One all had strong sales. In terms of revenues, the difference between the top-selling gaming platform and the No.3 platform in January was just 3 percent. This comes as each company is selling products that are exciting its customers. The PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation...
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  • January NPD 2018: Monster Hunter even slays beasts like Call of Duty and PUBG

    January NPD 2018: Monster Hunter even slays beasts like Call of Duty and PUBG

    6 monthes ago - By Venture Beat

    2018 is off to a good start for the gaming industry. Revenues in January were up 59 percent year-over-year and generated $1.096 billion, according to the industry-tracking firm The NPD Group .
    The big winner is Capcom's Monster Hunter: World, which was the best-selling game for the month despite launching January 26. The series has always been popular in Japan , and it's one of the publisher's most successful franchises. It doubled down on Western audiences with Monster Hunter: World, focusing on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 rather than Nintendo systems. It also introduced a more...
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  • Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sales are all on fire

    Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sales are all on fire

    6 monthes ago - By Venture Beat

    Hardware sales doubled year-over-year in January, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all benefited from that spending.
    “Hardware spending in January 2018 grew 119 percent when compared to year ago, to $278 million,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Spending gains were driven by Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 hardware sales growth.”
    This is another sign that the console gaming market is as healthy as ever. This comes after a strong 2017 where Nintendo's Switch debuted to huge sales without stripping away a significant number of customers...
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  • January 2018 NPD: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds hits top 5 on Xbox alone

    January 2018 NPD: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds hits top 5 on Xbox alone

    6 monthes ago - By Venture Beat

    One of the biggest games in the world continued to dominate in January. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was the No. 4 best-seller in the United States last month, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. What's impressive is that only includes “physical” and digital sales on Xbox One and not Steam sales on PC.
    PUBG, a last-player-standing shooter that debuted on PC in Early Access last April, hit the Xbox One December 12 for $30. During that month, it was the No. 7 best-selling game. Its momentum has not dropped off in January, as it outsold perennial hits like Grand Theft Auto V...
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