Sales tracking firm The NPD Group has just released its latest report on the state of the US videogame industry, this time for the month of January 2013, noting an overall increase in generated revenue across the categories of hardware, software and accessories during an unusual five week reporting period.
Overall revenue for the US videogame industry over the month of January 2013 was up 9 percent to $834.7 million, but due to the five week reporting period (as opposed to the regular four week report) that figure should be adjusted down slightly.
January 2013 Software Sales
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 remained at the top of the software sales chart for the US during the month of January 2013, as overall sales in this category rose very slightly to $393 million, up 1% from last year, but due to that five week reporting period (described as a ‘Leap Week,’ which is necessary to “preserve the seasonal integrity of the months” every five or six years), software sales were actually down roughly 19 percent compared to January 2012.
The only new entry to the Top Ten software chart this month was DmC: Devil May Cry, which debuted at No. 6, while Ubisoft and EA dominated the rest of the listing with Far Cry 3, Just Dance 4, FIFA 13 and more. Here’s the full Top Ten for January 2013:
January 2013 Software Sales Chart
- 1.) Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360) – Activision Publishing
- 2.) Far Cry 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – Ubisoft
- 3.) Just Dance 4 (PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360) – Ubisoft
- 4.) NBA 2K13 (PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360) – Take 2
- 5.) Madden NFL 13 (PS3, Vita, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360) – EA
- 6.) DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, Xbox 360) – Capcom
- 7.) Halo 4 (Xbox 360) – Microsoft
- 8.) Assassin’s Creed 3 (PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360) – Ubisoft
- 9.) Skylanders Giants (3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360) – Activision Publishing
- 10.) FIFA Soccer 13 (3DS, PS3, Vita, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360) – EA
Outside the Top Ten:
- 11.) Ni no Kuni (PS3) – Namco Bandai (Charted 7th as single platform release)
January 2013 Hardware Sales
Hardware sales in the US for January 2013 were up 4 percent compared to the same period last year, racking up $205 million in revenue. Xbox 360 once again dominated this category, claiming the 25th month in a row as the top selling home console in the US.
January 2013 Hardware Sales Chart
Xbox 360: 281 000 (+4.07%)
Wii U: 55 000 (Estimate)
3DS: Currently Unknown
DS: Currently Unknown
PS3: Currently Unknown
Wii: Currently Unknown
January 2013 Videogame Industry Sales Totals
Reporting Period: December 30th 2012 through February 2nd 2013
- January 2013 Videogame Sales – $834.7 million (+9%)
- January 2013 Videogame Hardware Sales – $205 million (+4%)
- January 2013 Videogame Software Sales – $393 million (flat / -19%)
- January 2013 Videogame Accessory Sales – $256.6 million (+30%)