Retail sales of video games sank in February, falling 15 percent to $1.26 billion, NPD reported today. Game hardware sales fell 20 percent, software was down 15 percent and accessories were down 1 percent.
But there was a silver lining for Microsoft, whose Xbox 360 was the best selling console of the month for the first time since September 2007, when “Halo 3” was released. The company sold 422,000 consoles last month, compared with 360,100 PlayStation 3s sold by Sony and 397,900 Wiis sold by Nintendo. The handheld Nintendo DS sold 613,200 units.
I wonder if next week’s arrival of Sony’s “God of War III” will give PS3 the top spot in March.
“Bioshock 2” on the 360 was the top selling game, followed by “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” and “Modern Warfare 2” on the 360. NPD said “Modern Warfare 2” has become the third best-selling game ever, with just under 10 million units sold since its launch in November.