Video Games Industry Sales Drop by 15 Percent in June

July 19, 2013 -

June was not a very good month for the video games industry, according to the latest figures from research firm NPD Group. The NPD Group's June 2013 sales report for US retail, reveals a 15 percent year-over-year decline compared to June 2012. The industry raked in $593.3 million, down from $700 million in June 2012. The number is at least better than May's total of $386.3 million.

Hardware sales fell 30 percent to $142 million. Hardware numbers for June do not count pre-orders for next gen consoles. Nintendo's 3DS was the best selling device in June, with a 40 percent increase from last year. Nintendo sold 225,000 units during the month.

The accessories category fell 9 percent to $155.2 million while overall software sales fell 14 percent to $313.8 million. The Last of Us for PS3 took the top spot.

“The Last of Us was also the third highest game to launch during the month of June since NPD began tracking sales in 1995,” the NPD Group said.

The new Animal Crossing also had a strong showing in June. According to Nintendo, Animal Crossing: New Leaf has moved over 505,000 units since launch - if digital sales numbers are included.

It should be noted that NPD Group currently doesn't track digital sales.

The top selling games in June were:

1.The Last of Us (PS3)
2.Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
3.Minecraft (X360)
4.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
5.NBA 2K13 (PC, PSP, PS3, Wii, Wii U, 360)
6.Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS3, Wii U, X360)
7.Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS, Wii)
8.Deadpool (PS3, X360)
9.Battlefield 3 (PC, PS3, X360)
10.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)

Source: MCV


Re: Video Games Industry Sales Drop by 15 Percent in June

"7.Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS, Wii)"

Even if the release of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (the 3DS title) spurred sales of the old Wii game, why are they counting the titles together?


Andrew Eisen

Re: Video Games Industry Sales Drop by 15 Percent in June

Because the 3DS version is a 3D-ified port of the same game.

Re: Video Games Industry Sales Drop by 15 Percent in June

Eh, mostly (some new mechanics and levels).  Although I notice Minecraft is only the 360 version and Deadpool doesn't include the PC version.  It just seems odd to me to bundle titles separated by a few years.  I'm not calling shenanigans, it just struck me as odd and I'm curious.  I wonder how many copies the old Wii game sold that month?


Andrew Eisen

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