Hardware’s up, but game sales plunge in June

June was another crummy month for video game sales – just
like pretty much every other month this year. But, on the upside, a clearance
sale on existing Xbox 360 hardware bumped hardware sales into positive territory.
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Total sales for the industry came in at $1.1 billion, 6
percent behind last year’s pace, according to The NPD Group. Software sales,
which are the number most people pay the closest attention to, were down 15
percent though, while hardware sales increased 5 percent.

Only one title released in June made the Top 10 sales list – “Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4” took the ninth place spot. That means EA’s “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11” – arguably the month’s biggest release – was a significant disappointment. 

“Red Dead
Redemption” (which sold 963,000 copies) and “Super Mario Galaxy 2” (which sold
over 548,000) ruled the charts – indicating both have fairly steady legs at
retail. “Red Dead” was off about 50 percent from the May numbers, but given
that the game is squarely targeted at core gamers, that’s not as drastic as it
might sound. “Super Mario Galaxy 2” essentially held steady.

While it was the Xbox that saw the biggest percentage gains, hardware sales were up across the board. Both the Wii and DS saw increases this month –
with the Wii selling 422,500 units (a 26 percent increase) and the DS moving
nearly 511,000 units (up 33 percent). Xbox 360 sales were up 130 percent,
though, to nearly 452,000 consoles. Sony, too, nearly doubled PS3 sales, moving just shy of 305,000 PS3s.

Year to date, the industry is 9 percent behind last year’s
pace – which was the first time video games have posted negative growth since
2002. Sales now stand at $6.7 billion. Hardware sales are down 16 percent to $2.1
billion and software sales are off 8 percent just over $3.5 billion.

The month’s Top 10 selling games, with sales numbers (where
available) are listed after the break:

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