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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

May 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Video game sales freeze ahead of console reboot

Gamers are apparently saving up for the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles coming out later this year.

Screenshot of “Injustice: Gods Among Us”

Sales of current game hardware and game discs plunged again last month, dropping 25 percent in the U.S., according to NPD’s monthly report.

Yearly comparisons are difficult because the Easter holiday was in a different month this year, NPD said, but game sales have stunk either way. The current generation of game consoles has nearly ended, and players are increasingly spending their time and money playing cheaper games on mobile devices.

In this period of limbo, hardware sales fell 42 percent to $109.5 million in April, down from $187.8 million the year before. Players spent more on accessories than new game consoles last month.

Xbox was the top-selling hardware platform for the 21st month in a row, NPD said, selling 130,000 consoles.

Sales of game software fell 17 percent to $254.3 million and accessory sales were down 19 percent, to $131.4 million.

Nintendo is doing particularly well selling games for its 3DS handheld, with sales of Nintendo-produced games up 52 percent to 2.1 million units last month, the company said in a release.

Here are the top selling games last month:

Injustice: Gods Among Us (360, PS3, NWU)
Dead Island: Riptide (360,   PS3, PC)
Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II   (360, PS3, PC, NWU)
Defiance (360, PS3, PC)
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon   (3DS)
NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, WII, NWU,   PSP, PC)
Skylanders Giants (WII, 360,   PS3, 3DS, NWU)
Lego City Undercover: The   Chase Begins (3DS)
MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)

 

 

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