Yearly game sales down in March

The overall sales and revenues from the video game industry appear to be down from last financial year. As expected, Mass Effect 3 tops the charts.

NPD Group’s U.S. Games Industry Sales (New Physical Sales Channel*) – March 2012 – 5-week month; March Reporting Period 2/26/12 through 3/31/12
Dollar Sales Mar ’11 Mar ’12 CHG
Total Video Game Sales (New Physical Channel) $1.47B $1.10B -25%
Video Games Hardware $494.5MM $323.5MM -35%
Video Games Software (Console+Portable – New Physical Sales only) $735.4MM $553.1MM -25%
Video Games Accessories $241.4MM $222.5MM -8%
Total Software Sales – (Console+Portable+PC – New Physical Sales Only) $790.9MM $585.1MM -26%
March 2012 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC) Rank Publisher
Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)** 1 Electronic Arts
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360, PS3)** 2 Capcom USA
MLB 12: The Show (PS3, PSV) 3 Sony (Corp)
NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PC, PS2) 4 Take 2 Interactive
SSX 2012 (360, PS3) 5 Electronic Arts
Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3, 360)** 6 Capcom USA
Mario Party 9 (Wii) 7 Nintendo
Call of Duty: Modern Warfar 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)** 8 Activision Blizzard
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja (360, PS3) 9 Namco Bandai Games
Major League Baseball 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PSP, PC, PS2) 10 Take 2 Interactive
**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
Copyright 2012. The NPD Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Proprietary and Confidential.
*NPD’s monthly point-of-sale data reports on U.S. Games Industry sales occurring from new physical purchases at retail which is the largest channel for games sales, but does not represent 100% of industry sales; it does not account for consumer purchases made via digital distribution, used game sales, subscriptions, mobiles, rentals, or social network games. NPD’s Games Market Dynamics: U.S. is issued quarterly and is NPD’s official estimate of the consumer spend on the industry and It does include estimates of the size of those other monetization methods.

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