NPD: June Video Games Fall 15%18 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Total video game sales in June dropped 15% to $593.3 million from $700 million during the previous-year period, according to new data from The NPD Group.
Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD said hardware sales plummeted 30% to $142 million from $201.5 million underscoring consumer interest in new edition consoles from Xbox and PlayStation due out later this year.
The top-selling console in was the Nintendo 3DS, which sold 225,000 units.
Software sales declined 10% to $296.1 million, while accessories fell 9% to $155.2 million.
Top-selling games in the month included The Last of Us (Sony), Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo) and Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Microsoft), among others.
“These sales figures represent new physical retail sales of hardware, software and accessories, which account for roughly 50% of the total consumer spend on games,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
The analyst said that when factoring in used-game sales, rentals ($118 million), digital format sales (including micro-transactions, subscriptions, mobile apps) and social network games ($544 million), total consumer spending on games topped $1.2 billion.