Hellraiser 2 has jumped to the top of February’s sales charts, according to industry tracking firm Circana. Arrowhead’s bestseller not only topped the bestseller list for the month, but also topped the bestseller list so far this year. Sure, it’s only been two months, but it’s going to take a special title to dethrone Call of Duty’s throne. However, while video game sales are generally good, hardware sales dropped significantly in February – although that’s not entirely surprising.

“Video game hardware spending fell 30% in February compared to the same period last year to $349 million,” said Mat Piscatella, executive producer of the Circana Gaming Report. “Sales across all console platforms are down at least 19% compared to a year ago.” Hardware sales were up 68% in February 2023, meaning this year’s decline may be more of a correction than a decline.

February 2024 Sales, US$ Million February
2023
February
2024
Change
Total video game sales $4,636 $4,714 2%
Video game content (physical and digital full games, DLC/MTX and subscription consumer spending across console, cloud, mobile*, portable, PC and VR platforms) $3,962 USD $4,146 5%
video game hardware $498 $349 -30%
video game accessories $175 $219 25%
*Mobile consumption provided by Sensor Tower

In other words, accessory sales increased by 25% year-on-year, with PlayStation Portal being the best-selling accessory this month. Piscatella also reported data from Circana mobile partner Sensor Tower, which showed Monopoly Go drove mobile gaming spending to grow 17% over last year.

“PlayStation 5 led the hardware market in February and year-to-date both in units and sales,” Piscatella said. “Nintendo Switch ranks second in sales, while the Xbox Series ranks second in sales in both periods.”

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Circana February 2024: The 20 best-selling games in the US

rank Last
moon
rank
title Publisher
1 new Hellraiser II Sony (Company)
2 new Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth Square Enix Corporation (Company)
3 1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2023) Activision Blizzard (Company)
4 new Skull and Bones Ubisoft
5 2 Tekken 8 Bandai Namco Entertainment
6 5 Madden NFL 24 [EA Sports] electronic arts
7 3 “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” warner bros games
8 new Final Fantasy VII Remake and Rebirth Double Pack Square Enix Corporation (Company)
9 4 P3: Persona 3: Reloaded [Shin Megami Tensei] Multiple video game manufacturers
10 6 Hogwarts Legacy warner bros games
11 new Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2024)* Nintendo
12 8 EA Sports FC 24 electronic arts
13 10 Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Sony) Sony (Company)
14 14 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
15 11 Super Mario Bros. Miracle* Nintendo
16 number 17 my world Multiple video game manufacturers
number 17 18 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
18 15 Mortal Kombat 1 warner bros games
19 twenty one Rainbow Six Siege [Tom Clancy’s] Ubisoft
20 12 Avatar: Pandora’s Frontier Ubisoft
*Excludes digital sales.

Helldiver 2’s success was the clearest bright spot on February’s sales charts, thanks in part to the game’s viral popularity among the gaming community. Piscatella pointed out that 60% of “Stalker 2” sales this month came from Steam, which is “Sony’s seventh-highest total sales of a game published in the United States.”

Likewise, Final Fantasy VII Reborn and its twin pack are on the list, as are other new games such as Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones and Nintendo’s Mario vs. Donkey Kong remake. Not many games have made it onto the list from the lower reaches of the rankings, the closest being Rainbow Six Siege, which is currently enjoying a resurgence, possibly thanks in part to the finals of the Six-Player Invitational.

Helldiver dominates playtime on Steam, but not on Playstation

In Circana’s player engagement tracking chart, Helldivers 2 had the most monthly active users (MAU) on Steam in February, beating out previous favorite Palworld. However, it doesn’t rank high on the PlayStation charts, coming in at No. 7, behind the usual hits like Fortnite, Roblox, and Call of Duty HQ. However, it outperformed other popular games like Apex Legend and Minecraft.

There are several games at the top of the MAU rankings, such as The Last Epoch on Steam, which rose from No. 113 to No. 7 due to its Early Access release. Likewise, Dead Island 2 jumped from No. 121 to No. 8 on Xbox due to the game’s release on Xbox Game Pass.

Circana February 2024: The 20 best-selling games of 2022 so far

rank Last
moon
rank
title Publisher
1 new Hellraiser 2 Sony (Company)
2 1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2023) Activision Blizzard (Company)
3 2 Tekken 8 Bandai Namco Entertainment
4 new Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth Square Enix Corporation (Company)
5 3 “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” warner bros games
6 5 Madden NFL 24 [EA Sports] electronic arts
7 4 P3: Persona 3: Reloaded [Shin Megami Tensei] Multiple video game manufacturers
8 6 Hogwarts Legacy warner bros games
9 new Skull and Bones Ubisoft
10 8 EA Sports FC 24 electronic arts
11 10 Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Sony) Sony (Company)
12 7 Like a Dragon: Unlimited Wealth SEGA
13 9 The Last of Us: Part 2 Sony (Company)
14 11 Super Mario Bros. Miracle* Nintendo
15 14 Elden Ring Bandai Namco Entertainment
16 new Final Fantasy VII Remake and Rebirth Double Pack Square Enix Corporation (Company)
number 17 12 Avatar: Pandora’s Frontier Ubisoft
18 number 17 my world Multiple video game manufacturers
19 15 Mortal Kombat 1 warner bros games
20 18 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
*Excludes digital sales.

Not only did Hellraiser 2 top the best-seller list for the month, but it’s also the best-selling game of the year so far. Other games that have jumped onto the list so far this year include Final Fantasy VII Reborn and Skull and Bones.

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