NPD: Video Game Sales Continue to Plummet14 Jun, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sales of new physical media video games in May topped $516.5 million, which was 28% less than the $718.9 million generated during the same period last, according to new video game data from The NPD Group.
Total software sales (excluding new games) dropped 16% to $335.2 million, compared with $400.1 million last year. Despite the enduring appeal of Xbox 360, hardware sales dropped 39% to $138.9 million from $228.8 million last year.
The lone bright spot: Video game accessories spiked 7% to $122.3 million from $114.2 million last year.
Top-ranked sellers included (in descending order): Diablo III (Activision Blizzard), Max Payne 3 (Take 2), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Ubisoft), Prototype 2 (Activision Blizzard), NBA 2K12 (Take 2), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard), Sniper Elite V2 (505 Games), Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts), Dragon’s Dogma (Capcom USA) and Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft).
Notably, Diablo III was the first PC-based game to top the monthly sales charts since July 2010.
“Starcraft II was the [PC] title that topped the best-seller list in July 2010, a testament to the power of the Blizzard brand in PC gaming,” said Anita Frazier, video game analyst with NPD.