然而，硬件销售较为乐观。得益于微软推出的Kinect体感系统和Xbox Live点卡的销售，配件销售额有所增长。用户可以用Xbox Live点卡来在线购买各种数字服务，如电影和Xbox Live Arcade游戏等。
Capcom的《Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds》屈居第二，这款游戏适用于Xbox 360和PS 3平台。Ubisoft公司的Wii游戏《Just Dance 2》名列第三，这表明音乐游戏并未消亡，只是从吉他游戏转变为舞蹈游戏。Take-Two Interactive的《NBA 2011》和美国艺电的《死亡空间2》分别处于第四和第五位。
Frazier表示，2月份最畅销的硬件是Xbox 360，其销售量超过以往任何无假期月份。捆绑Kinect体感元件的250G版Xbox 360提高了该主机硬件的平均售价，微软声称目前Kinect的销售量已超过1千万。2月份所有硬件的销售量都超过1月份，或许这可以间接反映出经济的好转。
微软声称，2月份其Xbox 360主机的销售量超过53.5万，与去年同期相比增加27%。用户在Xbox 360上开销总额为4.75亿美元，位列各大主机之首。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，转载请注明来源：游戏邦）
U.S. video game sales finally grow 3 percent during February
Video game players finally bought enough games in February to push the monthly sales numbers above year-ago figures, with February sales coming in 3 percent above a year ago.
Total sales of game hardware, PC games, console games, and portables rose 3 percent to $1.36 billion from $1.33 billion a year ago, according to market researcher NPD. The report is encouraging since many months have been negative compared to year ago numbers. The core video game industry has been struggling with a slow recovery, aging hardware, and increased competition from gamer time from smartphone and tablet games, Facebook, and web games. But this report shows that the industry is not necessarily doomed to ever-declining sales.
Software sales (console and portable games sold in stores) were still weak in the month, with sales down 5 percent to $601.4 million from $633.6 million a year ago. Dollar sales were down in part because of lower average selling prices for console games, said Anita Frazier, analyst at NPD.
Hardware sales, on the other hand, were healthy. And accessory sales were up thanks to sales of Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system and sales of Xbox Live point cards. The latter means that users are starting to buy lots of cards so they can purchase digital content, such as movies or Xbox Live Arcade games, online.
Retail sales of console software were up 2 percent, while portable game sales declined. The portable game business was probably impacted by gamers waiting for Nintendo to launch its 3DS handheld game system in March and by sales of competing Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.
Overall, video games as a whole were down 6 percent in 2010. But the game industry has many growing niches, including social network games, mobile games, browser-based online games, used games, game rentals, and free-to-play games on a variety of platforms.
NPD said U.S. retail game hardware sales were up 10 percent to $466.9 million from $426.4 million a year ago. Accessories were up 22 percent to $256.9 million from $210.0 million a year earlier, largely because of sales of Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing accessory for the Xbox 360, as well as Sony’s PlayStation Move wand-like controller.
The No. 1 title on all platforms was once again Call of Duty Black Ops, the hot-selling combat game from Activision Blizzard which debuted in November. Black Ops was also No. 1 in January, continuing a long streak. Call of Duty Black Ops is now the biggest-selling game in history, surpassing Nintendo’s Wii Play game.
No. 2 was Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, for the Xbox 360 and PS 3. Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2 for the Wii was No. 3, showing that music games aren’t dead but the trend is moving from faux guitar games to dance games. Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K11 was No. 4, and Electronic Arts’ Dead Space 2 was No. 5.
For new releases, there were fewer big titles released in February 2011 compared to February 2010. One of the new games that sold well, but not spectacularly, was Sony’s Killzone 3, pictured above. It came in at No. 8. Bulletstorm, also from EA, debuted this month at No. 7.
Frazier said that the best-selling hardware of the month was the Xbox 360, which had its best non-holiday month ever. The 250-gigabyte version bundled with the Kinect sensor was the driver of higher average selling prices for console hardware. Microsoft said it has now sold more than 10 million Kinect sensors. All hardware systems sold more in February than they did in January. That might be a reflection of an improving economy.
Nintendo said that its Wii console sales have now sold more than 35 million units in the U.S. since the console launched in 2006. The console sold more than 454,000 units in February. Nintendo said that Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii has now sold more than 2 million units and New Super Mario Bros. Wii has now sold more than 9 million units.
Microsoft said it sold more than 535,000 Xbox 360 consoles in February, up 27 percent from a year ago. Total spending on the Xbox 360 during the month was $475 million, the highest among the consoles. (Source: Venture Beat)