Video game sales slip 6th month in a row
Boom! Not even John Madden and his trademark expressions could avert the crash in video game sales in August, which fell 16% from a year ago.
The drop was the industry’s sixth consecutive monthly decline, according to a report released today from market research firm NPD Group Inc.
That means sales of games and game consoles must grow 14% in the last four months to the year in order for 2009 sales to be flat with 2008, said NPD analyst Anita Frazier.
Last month, even sales of Madden NFL 10, a popular football simulation game developed by Electronic Arts Inc., were down from a year ago, prompting EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello to say, “It is discouraging that one of our highest-rated and best-marketed Madden titles in years is facing strong headwinds.”Here are last month’s top-selling titles:
- Madden NFL 10 (Xbox 360)
- Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo Wii)
- Madden NFL 10 (PlayStation 3)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
- Madden NFL 10 (PlayStation 2)
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PlayStation Portable)
- Wii Fit (Wii)
- Mario Kart (Wii)
- Fossil Fighters (Nintendo DS)
Source: NPD Group Inc.
-- Alex Pham
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