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Vidgame sales drop 32% in April

'Prototype 2' is the month's top seller

Videogame sales fell for the fourth month in a row, down 32% in April to $630 million from new product, according to market research firm the NPD Group

Activision Blizzard’s “Prototype 2” was the month’s bestseller, followed by Lucasarts’ “Kinect Star Wars,” Activision’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” Electronic Arts’ “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13” and Take-Two Interactive’s “NBA 2K12.”

NPD no longer provides sales figures for titles.

It reported that 65% of game sales in April came from new software, not used games, which publishers fear is dragging down results.

Overall, the industry collected an estimated $1 billion when taking into account hardware, accessories, the sale of new and used games, rentals, subscriptions, mobile sales and revenue generated from titles on social networks, mobile and downloadable content.

Lower sales figures were attributed to “a very light release schedule in terms of the amount of compelling new games,” said NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier, with the top seven titles outselling the most popular game this year. “When we see compelling content come into the market, the games are still selling as well as ever. We just saw a lot less this April as compared to last.”

Software generated $292 million while hardware was down 32% to $190 million. Accessories collected $149 million.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 continues to hold the top spot among consoles in the U.S., giving it its 16th consecutive win. Company sold 236,000 Xbox 360 units in April, with consumers spending $261 million on Xbox 360 hardware, software and accessories during the month.

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