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March 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM

February game sales down 25 percent, NPD reports

February was another rough month for retail sales of game hardware and packaged software, according to NPD’s monthly report.

Sales of physical video games, hardware and accessories in the U.S. fell 25 percent to $810 million, including a 36 percent drop in hardware sales and 27 percent drop in software sales. Accessory sales were only down 3 percent.

NPD analyst Liam Callahan noted that with the rise of digital game sales, sales of physical game products are now about 50 percent of the market.

Xbox continued to lead hardware sales, for the 19th consecutive month, but new platforms such as the Wii U and PlayStation Vita “demonstrated some momentum from the typical January hardware lull with increases of over 40% and 30% respectively,” he said in the release.

Here are the top 10 games sold last month in the U.S., according to NPD:

Dead Space 3 (360, PS3, PC)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II   (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC)
NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii   U, PSP, PC)
Metal Gear Rising:   Revengeance (PS3, 360)
Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013   (360, PS3, PC)
Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3,   Wii U)
Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time   (PS3, PSV)
Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii,   PSV, Wii U)

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