Video Game Sales Down 25 Percent in April

Video game hardware and software sales were down by 25 percent during the month of April (April 4 – May 7, 2013) in North America, according to data released by the NPD Group. Excluding PC game sales numbers, the video game sector raked in $495.2 million.

About $109.5 million of that number came from hardware sales, a 42 percent decrease from the $187.8 million from the same period last year. The Xbox 360 was the best selling console during the month, moving an estimated 130,000 units (according to figures released by Microsoft). Accessories were also down – by 19 percent – during the month of April, bringing in $131.4 million.

Software sales came in at $267.8 million – including PC games sales – with Injustice: Gods Among Us coming in as the best-selling game for April. Behind that game were such games as Dead Island: Riptide, Bioshock Infinite, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, and Defiance.

1.Injustice: Gods Among Us (360, PS3, Wii U)
2.Dead Island: Riptide (360, PS3, PC)
3.Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)
4.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
5.Defiance (360, PS3, PC)
6.Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
7.NBA 2k13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
8.Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)
9.Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)
10.MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)

Source: NPD

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    PHX Corp says:

    I think part of the reason why Video game Sales are down is people are getting tired of the Same old tropes espoused in certain games(i.e. Call of duty, which hasn't changed it's formula for years and years on end, in story and multiplayer) another reason is they became too pricy in this day and age

    I'm not attacking Call of duty or battlefield or any other game of that matter at all here, but the industry needs to innovate it's genres more better than Hollywood is doing right now

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