Thanks to the release of the new Nintendo 3DS, the PlayStation 4 was knocked from its #1 perch in February.

But Nintendo's new handheld couldn't earn a repeat performance. According to the March NPD numbers , Sony's console was once again top dog for the month in the US.

Overall, the month wasn't as good as March 2014 in terms of hardware: Sales of consoles and handhelds hit $311.1 million this year, compared with last year's $393.4 million. But NPD analyst Liam Callahan adds the following:

"Console hardware was the primary culprit responsible for the March 2015 sales decline, with a 29 percent, or $104 million decrease, in spending while portable hardware rose by 71 percent over last year."

As for software, Battlefield: Hardline was atop the game chart, with the PS4 exclusive, Bloodborne , coming in at #2. Remember, though, these statistics only include physical sales of games; it was recently revealed that From Software's challenging action/RPG was actually ahead of Hardline on the PS4 digital list .

Here's March's Top 10:

Added Callahan:

"March 2015 software sales showed growth across all three eighth generation consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U), collectively increasing by 58 percent versus March 2014. This is a sign of the health of the eight generation console space; especially when considering the strong March 2014 software releases (as a comparison) such as Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son."