May is usually a slow month for game sale, but this past May was particularly bad, according to a new NPD report.
Overall sales of video games fell 23 percent, to $863 million. That’s the first time since August 2007 that monthly sales fell below $1 billion, the firm said.
Hardware sales were off 30 percent, and are now down 6 percent through the year. As usual, Nintendo’s Wii was the top selling console and its DS was the best selling hardware. The results:
PlayStation 2: 117,000
PlayStation 3: 131,000
Xbox 360: 175,000
Nintendo DS: 633,500
Game software sales in May fell 17 percent to $449 million. UFC 2009 for the Xbox was the bestseller with 352,800 units sold, followed by Wii Fit and EA Sports Active Bundle for the Wii.
Fifth place went to Sucker Punch’s inFamous, with 175,900 units sold. Pretty good, considering it went on sale May 26.