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VIDEO GAME SPENDING POSTS RECORD $4.6B IN FEBRUARY

Video game spending in February reached a record $4.6 billion, representing a 35 percent year-over-year increase, the NPD Group reports. Total spending for 2021 year-to-date is $9.3 billion, a 39 percent increase from the same period in 2020.

Hardware sales have seen a marked annual increase of 121 percent, reaching $406 million in revenue. This is the highest total sales in a February month since 2011, which reached $468 million. The Nintendo Switch was once again the top-selling console in both units and dollars for February, though specific numbers for the Switch were not provided. The PlayStation 5 followed, making it the fastest-selling hardware platform in U.S. history in terms of total dollar sales after four months on the market.

On the software front, gaming content, including physical and digital game copies and cloud subscriptions, totaled $4 billion for the month of February, a 30 percent year-over-year increase. Year to date, game software represents $8.2 billion of total gaming sales, a 33 percent annual increase.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, released on Feb. 12, was the top-selling title in February. The game also ranks as the second best-selling game of 2021 to date. No specific sales figures were provided.

Hardware accessories also saw a 41 percent annual increase in sales, reaching a total of $195 million for the month of February. The PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller White led all accessories in dollar sales for February and all of 2021 to date. Gamepad, headset, headphones and steering wheel accessories all achieved new February sales records, though no specific data was provided.

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