Video Game Sales Decline 32 Percent in April

May 11, 2012 -

Video game sales in the United States fell 32 percent in April, according to the latest sales data from research firm NPD Group. Total video game sales fell 32 percent to $630.4 million in April, driven downward by a light slate of retail releases and an early Easter holiday, according to NPD. Software sales fell by 42 percent, coming in at around $307.2 million, while hardware declined by 32 percent to $189.7 million.

NPD said that these numbers only represent physical retail sales and not other parts of the full sales picture such as digital sales, downloadable content sales, rentals, mobile game sales, subscriptions, and used games. Factoring those things in, NPD puts the "total consumer spend” at $1.0 billion for April.

Looking at the best selling games for the month, Activision's Prototype 2 was at the top of the heap, followed by Kinect Star Wars. The Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2 also managed to break into the top ten list for April.

1.Prototype 2 - 360, PS3 (Activision)
2.Kinect Star Wars - 360 (LucasArts)
3.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - 360, PS3, Wii, PC (Activision)
4.Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 - 360, PS3 (EA)
5.NBA 2K12 - 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PC, PS2 (Take-Two)
6.The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings - 360, PC (Warner)
7.Mario Party 9 - Wii (Nintendo)
8.Mass Effect 3 - 360, PS3, PC (EA)
9.Just Dance 3 - Wii, 360, PS3 (Ubisoft)
10.MLB 12: The show - PS3, Vita (Sony)

via NPD Group

Source: GamesIndustry International


Re: Video Game Sales Decline 32 Percent in April

Well, yeah.  The new releases this past month were largely terribad.  Aside from Xenoblade Chronicles, which was only available online and at one retailer, the rest of the new releases were rather slim pickings.

If there's nothing to really be excited about, I can see why sales numbers were so dismal.

Re: Video Game Sales Decline 32 Percent in April

Yeah same here, and I'm sure the numbers for May will be crazy good wih Diablo 3's release.

Re: Video Game Sales Decline 32 Percent in April

All it would have taken is one game pushed up a month, and the market would have been wide open.

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