The video game industry posted sales of $5.53 billion in December, up 4% from a year ago, and the best single month ever, according to market research firm NPD. Hardware sales were especially strong, up 16%, and accessories were up 15%. But software sales were down 7% from a year earlier.
Among the consoles, the Nintendo Wii sold 3.81 million units, more than triple the 1.26 million sold in November. The Sony Playstation 3 sold 1.36 million units, nearly twice the number sold in the previous month. Microsoft Xbox 360 units were 1.31 million, up from 819,500 in November. Even the aging PS2 had a good month, with 333,200 units, up from 203,100 one month earlier.
In the handheld category, the Nintendo DS sold 3.31 million units, up from 1.7 million in November, while the Sony PSP sold 654,700 units, up from 293,000.
It was the biggest month ever in terms of units for the Wii, DS and PS3.
For the full year, industry wide sales were down 8% to $19.66 billion. (That includes console and handheld games, hardware and accessories.) PC games had an even more difficult year, dropping 2% to $538 million. Portable device hardware revenue was up 6%, but console hardware revenue was down 13%, as all the major players cut prices.
The top 10 selling video games for the month included 6 titles from Nintendo, with all of the top three: New Super Mario Bros., Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort.
Two versions of the Activision hit Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - one each for the Xbox and PS3 - rounded out the top five.
For the full year, the single best selling title was Modern Warfare 2 for the Xbox; that’’s followed by six Nintendo titles for the Wii, starting with Wii Sports Resort. No. 8 is the PS3 version of Modern Warfare 2. Rounding out the list: Halo: ODST for the 360, and Pokemon Platinum for the DS.
Best selling PC game for 2009 was The Sims 3, from Electronic Arts.
Bioshock2, Dantes Inferno, Alien vs. Predator, Heavy Rain, Startrek online and spill over of Mass Effect 2. We'll be okay... Biggest launch last Feb was Street fighter 4.
march is less crowded but they are mega games... Final Fantasy 13, God of war 3 and Battlefield 2.
April, Red Dead revolver, splinter cell and Iron man 2
May, Crackdown 2, Prince of Persia Sands, Lost planet 2, Metal Gear Peace Walker, UFC 2010, Skate 3
June, Mod nation racers, Max Payne 3, Transformers: war for cybertron
Dead Rising 2, Mafia 2, Ghost Recon 3 are all coming before the 3rd quarter. Relax, it'll be smooth sailing. Only thing to worry about is another system price cut. Even though there is little to no profit in them, it hurts the comps.
fundamentals always catches up. Markets only react to news... Theres plenty of great news coming starting march when feb npd is released. i'm already down 13%, this is the least risk/high reward. Company down to 52week lows with no debt, cash rich and great future outlook.
GME was flat while the industry was down as a whole... Lets face it 09 sucked for gamers. GME was flat to record breaking sales year of 08. Not exactly a bad thing to tie a record breaking year in a huge recession. I'll take that over a loss any day.
I believe this will go over 30... I put my sell limit at 26 and I'm out. I'm not even gonna bother checking my account anymore.
50% of upside of last year is 26... Seems like at alot but pretty conservative. Video games will once again be the darling of street soon. Not just a great library of games but new motion controllers. 2008 was the year of music. This year, motion control dance and sport games will dominate. There are alot of smart and creative people willing to make money off you.
That's about the only bright spot that I see.
"On the upside there are a lot more new console owners after Christmas who'll be looking for games this year, particularly PS3 owners who will likley be looking for games at GME. "