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July 15, 2010 at 3:30 PM

NPD: Game sales down 6%, but Xbox, PS3 sales up

Sales of video game software in the U.S. fell 15 percent to $531 million last month, according to the monthly NPD report.

But that was offset partly by sales of game consoles, including big gains for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3. Game hardware sales were up 5 percent to $402 million. The number of console units sold was up 35 percent in the month.

Total industry sales during June were $1.1 billion, down 6 percent. But NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, is expecting the year to end with a bang and may match last year’s $20 billion in sales.

“Given the strong slate of content still to come, and the release of the Move and Kinect controllers, which I believe will spark additional interest in gaming, I think we could see the total year new physical retail sales come in at $20 billion,” she said in NPD’s release.

The best-selling accessory last month was the Xbox 360 1,600 point card.

Here are the top 10 games sold in the U.S. last month. Notably missing is the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 game, which sold 68 percent fewer copies than last year’s edition did in its first month, NPD said in the release.

RED DEAD REDEMPTION – 360

SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2 – WII

RED DEAD REDEMPTION – PS3

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII – WII

JUST DANCE – WII

WII FIT PLUS W/ BALANCE BOARD – WII

TOY STORY 3 – NDS

UFC 2010: UNDISPUTED – 360

LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 1-4 – WII

UFC 2010: UNDISPUTED – PS3

Here are June’s game hardware sales by unit:

PS3 304,800

PSP 121,000

Xbox 360 451,700

Wii 422,500

DS 510,700

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