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)