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  • deemoe28 deemoe28 Jan 14, 2010 11:03 PM Flag

    Video Game Sales Rise 4% in December; Best Month Ever

    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.

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