According to data from research firm NPD Group, the video game industry saw retail sales slide by 24 percent to $848.3 million, compared to the same month a year ago. Hardware sales suffered a huge drop in September, down 39 percent from a year ago to $210.9 million. Meanwhile, video game software sales dropped 18 percent. Software sales were down only 14 percent when PC game sales were factored into the number. Accessories were also down 11 percent.
While Hardware sales were down dramatically, NPD pointed out that they were better than they were in the month of August. They also noted that the launch of the Wii U on November 18 should help boost the hardware category later in the year.
According to NPD numbers, Madden NFL '13 was the top-selling game in September, selling 11 percent more units than last year's edition of the game in its debut month. The top ten best-selling games for September can be found below:
- Madden NFL 13 (X360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita) – Electronic Arts
- Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – Take-Two Interactive
- FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, X360, PS Vita, Wii, 3DS, PSP) – Electronic Arts
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) – Nintendo
- Guild Wars 2 (PC) – NCSoft
- NHL 13 (X360, PS3) – Electronic Arts
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC) – Activision Blizzard
- NCAA Football 13 (X360, PS3) – Electronic Arts
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (X360, Wii, 3DS, DS, PS3, PS Vita, PC) – Warner Bros. Interactive
- Battlefield 3 (X360, PS3, PC) – Electronic Arts