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NPD: Titanfall leads March retail sales in US

Software sales down 27 percent compared to 2013

The Xbox One and PC versions of Titanfall led US retail sales in March, according to NPD figures.

The online shooter from Respawn and Electronic Arts claimed the top spot "with a solid attach rate to the Xbox One," NPD analyst Liam Callahan said. It's already the second-highest selling game for Xbox One after just one month of sales.

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Software sales overall declined 27 percent to $406 million compared to $555 million in March 2013. Despite much-improved hardware sales, Callahan noted that less new titles on offer made for fewer units sold.

"Collectively, March 2014 launches sold 42 percent less than March 2013 launches. Last March we saw eight of the top ten games were new launches with games like Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Judgment, God of War: Ascension. This March saw six of the top ten games as new launches with Titanfall, inFAMOUS Second Son, South Park: The Stick Of Truth, and Dark Souls II."

Total PS4 and Xbox One console sales are up "close to 60 percent" over their predecessors' first five months, Callahan reported.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls topped both unit and dollar sales charts for PC, despite costing the standard $39.99 for a Blizzard expansion pack.

Nintendo 3DS exclusive Yoshi's New Island was the 10th best-selling SKU for March 2014, however it did not rank when considered for title-level sales.

December 2013 Top-10 (New Physical Retail only; all platforms incl. PC)

  1. Titanfall (XBO, PC)
  2. inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)
  3. South Park: The Stick Of Truth (360, PS3, PC)
  4. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC)
  5. Dark Souls II (PS3, 360)
  6. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360)
  7. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)
  8. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PSV)
  9. The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, PS3, 3DS, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV)
  10. Minecraft (360)

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