It’s The State of Gaming Podcast for February 2021, Popzara’s in-depth look at what’s shaking up the gaming landscape delivered on a monthly basis. Our hosts Cory Galliher and Nate Evans guide you through the best, worst, and everything else making headlines and headway in the fine world of interactive entertainment.
The Games of February 2021
Perhaps the biggest game of February 2021 is a returning champ from another generation. Super Mario 3D World + Bowers’s Fury, an expanded version of the acclaimed 2013 Wii U original, landing on the Nintendo Switch straight from the Mushroom Kingdom.
Elsewhere, Bandai Namco keeps the Limbo-inspired platforming chills coming with Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to 2017’s original, while Atlus’ Persona 5 Strikers mixes musou mashing with high school drama. But there’s more! Bravely Default II, the third (not second) game in the series, is back for more turn-based job performing fun. Also: Cory makes the case why even a disappointing Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood may be worth your time, especially to fans of the tabletop series.
NPD: January 2021
NPD is still our best and most reliable snapshot of videogame sales in the US, though even their tallies should be taken with a grain of salt. Sales highlights for January 2021 include: total sales of new gaming hardware / software and everything else reached $4.7 billion, a record for January and 42% higher than last year.
On the software side Activison’s Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, NPD’s best-selling game for January (and all of 2020), is already the 20th best-selling game in US history. In second is Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which also becomes the 2nd fastest-selling AC game (behind only AC3). The remainder of the Top Twenty are returning hits like Sony’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales in third, Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons in fifth, and CD Projekt’s controversial Cyberpunk 2077 down at eighteenth.
Noticeably missing from the ranking charts is IO’s assassin simulator Hitman 3, presumably absent because the publisher doesn’t share sales data with NPD.
In other news Nintendo surprised fans and critics alike with a game-packed Nintendo Direct showing what game-hungry Switch fans can expect in the coming month and the guys share their thoughts about upcoming games like Splatoon 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Mario Gold: Super Rush, Fall Guys Ultimate, Outer Wilds, Famicom Detective Club, No More Heroes 3, Star Wars Hunters, and Knockout City (from the makers of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit).
Did you know we also have a movie-themed podcast where we (occasionally) talk gaming-inspired movies like The Wizard? Check out our latest episode of the Movie Time! podcast, featuring both Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and the greatest (and only) Nintendo-endorsed 1980s road trip movie ever right now!
Speaking of podcasts, did you catch last month’s State of Gaming Podcast, which swapped our usual monthly roundup for an epic recapping of last year’s best (and not-so-best) games with special guest Antal Bokor (3rd Coast Review). Check out The State of Gaming: The Best, Worst (and Everything Else) Games of 2020 now!