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)
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)