Battlefield Hardline was the best-selling game in America last month, but Bloodborne and Mario Party 10 both did surprisingly well.
There was never any real chance that Battlefield Hardline wouldn’t be the number one selling game in March in the US, since it’s multiformat across both generations of consoles.
But Bloodborne’s appeal is clearly not as niche as some would suggest and it came in with a solid second place and, perhaps most surprisingly, was the second biggest launch ever for a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
That puts it second to the underwhelming inFamous: Second Son, but means that it beat the vacuous good looks of the more recent The Order: 1886.
It’s even possible Bloodborne was the best-selling individual format game of the month, as it was on its debut in the UK, but that information isn’t made public by US chart tracker NPD.
Also mirroring a surprisingly strong showing in the UK is Mario Party 10 on the Wii U, which managed to become the fourth best selling game of the month in America. Which is extremely good for a Wii U exclusive that received weak reviews and came out relatively late in the month.
Once again Nintendo was the only one willing to talk specific sales numbers, with Mario Party 10 selling 290,000 physical and retail copies. Super Smash Bros. For 3DS has now sold a total of 2.4 million in the US alone, with the Wii U version at 1.6 million, and Mario Kart 8 on 1.9 million.
Although Battlefield Hardline sold best on Xbox One the PlayStation 4 led software sales overall in March, and the PlayStation 4 was once again the number one selling console.
There’s no indication of how many Xbox One or PlayStation 4s were sold during the March, but Wii U hardware sales were up by 20 per cent from last year, for the first three months of 2015, and 3DS was up by 80 per cent (thanks to the release of the New 3DS).
Overall though retail sales were down 6 per cent compared to March last year, thanks to a 29 per cent decrease in new console sales. Software sales were up 58 per cent though, showing that a sizeable proportion of US gamers now own a next gen consoles and are happily buying new games for it.
But one reason for the success of Bloodborne, Mario Party 10, and other niche titles like Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is simply that there aren’t that many new games out at the moment – especially when March is supposed to be one of the busiest months outside of the Christmas rush.
According to NPD there was a 16 per cent decrease in the number of new releases compared to March 2014, which shows a consistent trend this generation for fewer but bigger releases.
U.S. all formats chart – March
2 (-) Bloodborne (PS4)
3 (5) Grand Theft Auto V (XO/PS4/360/PS3)
4 (-) Mario Party 10 (Wii U)
5 (4) Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4/XO/360/PS3/PC)
6 (-) MLB: The Show (PS4/PS3)
7 (8) Minecraft (360/PS3/XO/PS4)
8 (6) NBA 2K15 (PS4/XO/PS3/360)
9 (-) Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4/XO)
10(-) Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PS4/XO)