'Darksiders II' tops gaming sales as retail figures drop
US retail sales of new video game hardware, software and accessories fell for the ninth straight month in August, according to research firm NPD Group.
Overall sales fell 20% to $515.6 million.
Software sales – the video games themselves excluding PC titles – fell 9% from a year earlier to $237.7 million.
Sales of hardware such as Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 fell 39% to $150.6 million. Accessories slid 7% to $127.3 million.
The study from NPD Group tracks sales of new physical products – about 50% of the total spending.
Excluded are sales of used games and rentals as well as digital and social-network spending. The research firm estimates that when including these, Americans spent $989 million on games in August.
NPD also listed the top-selling games in August:
- Darksiders II (THQ Inc)
- New Super Mario Bros 2 (Nintendo Co.)
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (Square Enix Inc.)
- NCAA Football 13 (Electronic Arts Inc.)
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Sleeping Dogs (Square Enix Inc.)
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (Activision Blizzard Inc.)
- Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (Activision Blizzard)