US Game Industry Drops 17% Last Month

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US Game Industry drops to a block down to -17% of the sales which was announced last month by the NPD Group. The group reported the sales of the industry which has dropped since last September 2008, has a drop of (-7%), claiming the sales of the game industry is at loss.

NPD Reports (March 2009):

US VIDEO GAMES INDUSTRY – MARCH 2009
Software: $792.83M (-17%)
Hardware: $455.55M (-18%)
Accessories: $185.67M (-15%)
Total Games: $1.43B (-17%)

TOP-SELLING HARDWARE – MARCH 2009
Wii: 601,000
Nintendo DS: 563,000
Xbox 360: 330,000
PlayStation 3: 218,000
PlayStation Portable: 168,000
PlayStation 2: 112,000

TOP-SELLING SOFTWARE SKUs – MARCH 2009
Title / Publisher / Units**
1) Resident Evil 5 (360) / Capcom / 938,000
2) Pokemon Platinum (DS) / Nintendo / 805,000
3) Halo Wars (360) / Microsoft / 639,000
4) Resident Evil 5 (PS3) / Capcom / 585,000
5) Wii Fit w/ Balance Board (Wii) / Nintendo / 541,000
6) MLB ’09: The Show (PS3) / Sony / 305,000
7) Killzone 2 (PS3) / Sony / 296,000
8) Wii Play w/ Remote (Wii) / Nintendo / 281,000
9) Mario Kart Wii with Wheel (Wii) / Nintendo / 278,000
10) Major League Baseball 2K9 (360) / Take-Two / 205,000

** = Figures include Collector’s Editions and non-hardware bundles.

Though much changed in March 2009 from the year prior, two things stayed the same. The Wii and DS were the top-selling hardware platforms once again, selling 601,000 units and 563,000 units, respectively.

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3 Responses to “US Game Industry Drops 17% Last Month”


  1. 1 kadian1364 Friday, April 17, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Isn’t this time of year slow for games anyway? Up during the Winter holidays, now back to normal figures. I imagine the sales cycle is sinusoidal during the fiscal year, just like any other industry.

    And nice smiley. 8)

  2. 2 jpmeyer Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Didn’t GTA4 come out at about this time last year? When last year had one of the best selling games of all time, it’s pretty easy to fail to live up that next year.

    • 3 tflops Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 4:49 pm

      The game is not the problem, the problem is that are few people are selective nowadays and don’t buy consoles and software, this and that, in short, analyze first before buying.
      Next gen consoles are losing, I think it’s because due very high standards and competitive issues, due to that circumstances. Second, also, there are many games to choose from, so the best way is save money for the best game.


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