So much for the spring recovery in the video game industry.
Sales of game software, hardware and accessories fell 10 percent in June to $1.03 billion, according to a new report from NPD. This follows a 14 percent drop in May sales, after a briefly uplifting 20 percent gain in April.
Maybe gamers are saving their money for upcoming games that were touted at the E3 conference in the first week of June. Or they’re spending more on digitally distributed games and virtual stuff.
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Hardware sales in June were down 9 percent, software was down 12 percent and accessories fell 11 percent.
Things look brighter for Bellevue’s Sucker Punch studio.
Its “inFamous 2” action title for Sony’s PlayStation 3 was the third best-selling game on all platforms last month, after its June 7 release.
Here’s the top 10 list:
L.A. Noire (360, PS3)
Duke Nukem Forever (360, PS3, PC)
Infamous 2 (PS3)
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)
NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC)
Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360)
Cars 2 (NDS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC)
Just Dance 2 (Wii)
Sony and Microsoft issued statements noting strong points that weren’t disclosed in NPD’s press release.
Microsoft said it sold 507,000 Xbox 360 consoles in June and held a 48 percent of the current-generation console market. It said that was the only year-over-year growth among consoles last month. Consumers spent $350 million on the platform in June, it said.
Sony said “inFamous 2” (screenshot below) was the top software SKU during the month, and said its platform “momentum is accelerating” heading toward the fall releases of “Resistance 3” and “Uncharted 3.”