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:
Xbox 360 451,700