Video game sales aren’t exactly off to a strong start this year, with January sales of physical games and hardware down 13 percent, according to the monthly NPD report.
Sales of game hardware were down 17 percent, reflecting the slowdown between the Wii U launch in November and ahead of the new PlayStation and Xbox launches expected this year. Microsoft led the pack with the Xbox leading console sales for the 25th consecutive month.
Xbox spokesman David Dennis declined to gloat about the aging Xbox outselling Nintendo’s new console.
“We would love for everybody to be selling well,” he said, adding that the Xbox has benefited from the expansion of video content available on its platform.
NPD’s much-watched report is a little confusing this month because it counts a “leap week” dictated by the National Retail Federation. When that fifth week is counted, game sales appear to have risen in the U.S. by 9 percent over the same period last year. When equivalent periods are compared, the 2013 sales are down 13 percent.
Overall sales of game hardware, physical software and accessories were $767 million last month, including $198 million worth of hardware, $370 worth of software and $198 million worth of accessories.
Here are the top 10 games sold at retail in the U.S. during the month:
|Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)|
|Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)|
|Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)|
|NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)|
|Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)|
|DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360)|
|Halo 4 (360)|
|Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)|
|Skylander Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)|
|FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)|