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December NPD: US game industry sales drop 22% as Black Ops 2 takes control

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Sales tracking firm The NPD Group has released its latest report on the US videogame industry, noting a not-inconsiderable 22% drop in overall sales across software, hardware and accessory categories during the month of December 2012, falling to $3.21 billion.

NPD industry analyst Liam Callahan wrote in this month’s report:

“In December 2012, positive trending for many annualized franchises like Call of Duty, Skylanders, Assassin’s Creed, and FIFA, points to consumers’ increased spending on hits, but that middle-tier games as well as catalog titles are suffering.”

December 2012 Software Sales

Videogame software sales in the US for the month of December 2012 fell by 27% to $1.58 billion (compared to December 2011), but the chart was lead by industry-stomper Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Ubisoft’s phenomenon Just Dance 4 and Microsoft’s Halo 4. Despite being the latest release in the line-up, Far Cry 3 only managed a place at six on the software sales list in December.

December 2012 Software Sales Chart

  • 1.) Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  • 2.) Just Dance 4 (PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  • 3.) Halo 4 (X360)
  • 4.) Assassin’s Creed 3 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  • 5.) Madden NFL 13 (PS3, PSV, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  • 6.) Far Cry 3 (PC, PS3, X360)
  • 7.) NBA 2K13 (PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  • 8.) Skylanders Giants (3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  • 9.) New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
  • 10.) FIFA Soccer 13 (3DS, PS3, PSP, PSP, Wii, Wii U, X360)

December 2012 Hardware Sales

Hardware sales lead the loss charge in the US videogame industry during December 2012, dropping by 20% to $1.07 billion as compared to December 2011, as Xbox 360 and the 3DS managed to sell over one million units, both well ahead of the Wii, DS and Wii U.

PlayStation 3 sales figures for December haven’t been released, but Microsoft claims that Xbox 360 sales were double that of the second placed console on the sales chart – make of that what you will.

December 2012 Hardware Sales Chart

  • Xbox 360: 1.4M (-17.6%)
  • 3DS: 1.25 million (-21.8%)
  • Wii: 475 000 (-55.2%)
  • DS: 470 000 (-25.4%)
  • Wii U: 460 000

December 2012 Videogame Industry Sales Totals

  • December 2012 Videogame Sales – $3.21 billion (-22%)
  • December 2012 Videogame Hardware Sales – $1.07 billion (-20%)
  • December 2012 Videogame Software Sales – $1.58 billion (-27%)
  • December 2012 Videogame Accessory Sales – $603 million (-14%)

The Year That Was

NPD also released sales data for the US videogame industry in 2012 overall, noting a 22% drop in revenue down to $13.26 billion compared to $17 billion in 2011.

Hardware sales in 2012 fell by 27% in 2012 to $4.04 billion, while software dropped by 22% to $7.09 billion for the year overall. Surprisingly, accessory sales in the US also declined, totalling $2.51 billion and representing a drop of 8%.

Here are the top selling games in the US for 2012:

  • 1.) Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  • 2.) Madden NFL 13 (PS3, PSV, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  • 3.) Halo 4 (X360)
  • 4.) Assassin’s Creed 3 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  • 5.) Just Dance 4 (PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  • 6.) NBA 2K13 (PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  • 7.) Borderlands 2 (PC, PS3, X360)
  • 8.) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC, PS3, X360)
  • 9.) Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSV, Wii, X360)
  • 10.) FIFA Soccer 13 (3DS, PS3, PSP, PSV, Wii, Wii U, X360)

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