Maybe kids didn’t go back to school with video games this year.
Sales of game discs and hardware plunged last month, down 24 percent from sales in September 2011, according to the monthly NPD games report.
Console sales dove 39 percent, perhaps pulled down by chatter about new systems coming from Nintendo this holiday season and presumably from Microsoft and Sony next year.
Sales of packaged game software was down 14 percent and accessory sales were down 11 percent.
Total sales were $848.3 million, down from $1.1 billion a year ago.
That doesn’t include sales of digitally distributed games and game subscriptions, which were nearly $700 million last month, according to NPD.
Among the best-sellers last month was “Guild Wars 2,” the massively multiplayer online PC game developed by Bellevue’s ArenaNet.
PC games in general are doing relatively well, with sales up 12 percent through September, NPD said.
“While year-over-year declines are present in video game software, we are seeing momentum leading up to the holidays when looking at August sales compared to September, which were up 67 percent on an average sales-per-week basis,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said in the release.
Here are the top-selling games in September:
Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita)
Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC)
FIFA Soccer 13 (360, PS3, PSV, Wii, 3DS, PSP)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
NHL 13 (360, PS3)
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC)
NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSV, PC)
Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)