March was another painful month for the video game industry, which saw U.S. sales fall 25 percent to $1.1 billion.
That’s according to NPD’s monthly report of physical game sales. It said hardware sales fell 35 percent, software was down 26 percent and accessories were down 8 percent.
Sales fell 34 percent in January and 20 percent in February.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 held the lead on console sales for the 15th consecutive month.
“Hardware really slowed down this month and all systems saw a unit sales decline versus last March, and on an average sales per week basis, versus February 2012,” NPD’s Anita Frazier said in a release. “That said, the high definition console systems fared better than many other hardware platforms.”
Microsoft said it sold 371,000 consoles last month and total spending on the Xbox platform was $430 million – more than spending on both the Wii and PlayStation platforms combined, it noted.
“Mass Effect 3” was the best-selling game, followed by “Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.”
The top 10 list for the month:
Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360, PS3)
MLB 12: The Show (PS3, PSV)
NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PC, PS2)
SSX 2012 (360, PS3)
Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3, 360)
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja (360, PS3)
Major League Baseball 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PSP, PC, PS2)