Game sales slide in January

The bad news is video game sales continued on their downward trajectory in January. The good news is it was nowhere near as bad as analysts were expecting. Wario World

Game sales fell 5 percent last month as compared to the same period in 2010, according to the NPD Group. That’s considerably better than the 11 percent some industry observers had predicted.

Hardware sales took a slightly more steep tumble, falling 8 percent, but that’s not unexpected in January – as console sales tend to slow down once the holidays end. Kinect continues to be a hit, though, as accessory sales were up 6 percent. (PlayStation Move contributes to that category as well, but checks with retailers indicate that Kinect is still the barn burner among the new motion controllers.)

Gamewise, it was some familiar titles at the top of the list. “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Just Dance 2” led the pack, with “Dead Space 2” coming in third.

The complete list of the top 10 games can be found after the break.

 

Rank

Title

Publisher

1

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Activision Blizzard

2

Just Dance 2

Ubisoft

3

Dead Space 2

Electronic Arts

4

Little Big Planet 2

Sony

5

Zumba Fitness: Join the Party

Majesco

6

NBA 2K11

Take 2 Interactive

7

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Ubisoft

8

Dance Central

MTV Games

9

Michael Jackson The Experience

Ubisoft

10

DC Universe Online

Sony

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