BioShock 2 ended New Super Mario Bros. Wii's two-month hold atop the U.S. console sales charts, edging the Nintendo platformer by 7,000 units to take February's top honours.
Both sold more than 500,000 copies - BioShock 2's 562,900 to New Super Mario Bros. Wii's 555,600. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 came in third with its 360 version. Combined with its PS3 sales the game moved 567,100 copies.
Somewhat of a surprise, Dante's Inferno triumphed over a mixed-bag of reviews to capture the eighth and ninth positions, selling more than 460,000 copies overall. Console exclusives Mass Effect 2 and Heavy Rain returned respectable performances at seventh and 10th place, respectively, with Mass Effect having a one-month head start.
Here are February's top ten games in the U.S., according to the NPD group.
01. BioShock 2 (Xbox 360) - 562,900
02. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 555,600
03. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) - 314,300
04. Just Dance (Wii) - 275,400
05. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 272,500
06. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) - 252,800
07. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360) - 246,500
08. Dante's Inferno (PS3) - 242,500
09. Dante's Inferno (Xbox 360) - 224,700
10. Heavy Rain (PS3) - 219,300
U.S. consumers dropped $US624.4 million on video games during the month of February, down 18 percent from February 2009, when software sales reached $US736.7 million.