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Nintendo's 3DS beats out PS4 and Xbox One for February hardware sales

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Nintendo's 3DS platform outsold Xbox One and PlayStation 4 throughout February in the U.S., the company's American arm announced in a press release following data provided by The NPD Group.

The 3DS family, which emcompasses the Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL and the New 3DS XL, sold 395,000 units across the U.S. last month. According to Nintendo, "The great majority of these sales were New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, which sold 130 percent more units in its initial frame than Nintendo 3DS XL did when it launched."

During the first two months of this year, sales of 3DS hardware have increased more than 90 percent compared to this same period last year. The recently released The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was the top-selling game of February as well, while Nintendo's Wii U sales have increased by more than 20 percent over sales during the same period in 2014.

Sony's PlayStation 4 is February's highest-selling home console in the U.S., it was also announced. According to Sony, this refers specifically to home console sales and not overall hardware, adding that the PS4 remains the "cumulative leader in hardware sales with more than 20.2 million units sold" worldwide.

Microsoft notes a similarly positive February for its Xbox One, stating it's experienced "record February sales in the U.S." with 84 percent more consoles sold compared to January 2015.

"All three categories of hardware, new physical software, and accessories experienced sales increases in February 2015 with combined sales of $956 million, up 8 percent over last February," said The NPD Group's Liam Callahan.