In spite of a few big releases this February, the games market is tracking behind last year.
1.4m games were sold last month, representing a seven per cent decline year-on-year. Meanwhile software revenue slipped 1.8 per cent to 39.1m.
Game sales have generally been slow this year, with Evolve and The Order not selling as well as some stores had been hoping for.
It was a big month for Nintendo. The platform holder released two new versions of its 3DS console, and the remake of cult favourite The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was the single best-selling game of the month. This – and Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – helped the 3DS nearly double its market share in terms of revenue and units sold.
Meanwhile Take-Twotops the publisher rankings thanks to the launch of new IP Evolve and continued strong sales of Grand Theft Auto V.