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Switch Best-Selling Console in the US in February, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Tops Software Charts

Switch Best-Selling Console in the US in February, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Tops Software Charts - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2020 / 3,809 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US in February 2020, outselling the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to figures from NPD. All three consoles have declined year-on-year. The Switch had a small decline, while the PS4 and Xbox One declined sharply. 

Overall spending on hardware dropped 34 percent year-on-year to $183 million, while spending on software dropped 31 percent to $307 million. Overall spending on video games fell 29 percent to $755 million.

"February 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $755 million, declining 29% when compared to a year ago," said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. "Late 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," said Piscatella. "[That fell] 28% when compared to a year ago."

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

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare retook the top spot on the software charts and is the second best-selling game of 2020. It is also the best-selling game over the last 12 months. 

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returned to the top of the chart, ranking as the best-selling game of February," said Piscatella. "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."

The Division 2 returned to the charts in February as it climbed up to fifth place. The game was heavily discounted during the month as it was available digitally for as low as $2.99 and physically for as low as $5. 

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot after debuting in first in January falls to fourth place. However, it remains the best-selling game of 2020. 

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  5. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Ring Fit Adventure
  8. Madden NFL 20
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  10. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  11. Minecraft#
  12. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  13. Red Dead Redemption II
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  15. Pokemon Sword*
  16. Just Dance 2020
  17. FIFA 20
  18. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  19. Need for Speed: Heat
  20. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*

* Digital sales not included
^ Steam sales not included
# Minecraft digital sales on Xbox and PlayStation included

Here are the lists of top 10 selling games by platform for the month:

Top 10 best-selling Xbox One games for February 2020

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  4. Madden NFL 20
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  7. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  9. Borderlands 3
  10. Red Dead Redemption II

Top 10 best-selling PlayStation 4 games for February 2020

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  5. Madden NFL 20
  6. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  7. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  8. Dreams
  9. FIFA 20
  10. Need for Speed: Heat

Top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games for February 2020

  1. Mario Kart 8*
  2. Ring Fit Adventure
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  4. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Pokemon Sword*
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  8. Just Dance 2020
  9. Super Mario Party*
  10. Pokemon Shield*

Thanks VentureBeat.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments
Blood_Tears (on 13 March 2020)

Article also fails to mention that all platforms are down YoY not just PS4 and X1. 2nd month in a row that all 3 are down YoY.

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trunkswd Blood_Tears (on 13 March 2020)

I've updated the article to include that all 3 are down year-over-year.

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Blood_Tears Blood_Tears (on 13 March 2020)

Thank you trunkswd.

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Salnax (on 15 March 2020)

Seems natural. Last January and February, consoles got games like Resident Evil 2, Ace Combat 7, New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, Kingdom Hearts 3, Apex Legends, etc. Not the biggest lineup ever, but compared to 2020?

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javi741 (on 13 March 2020)

I'm sure MK8 would be at the top of digital sales are included. Nintendo Exclusives are so powerful

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trunkswd javi741 (on 13 March 2020)

It's up to Nintendo to release digital sales to NPD. A shame they don't. I do agree all their games would be higher up.

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