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US Retail Game Sales Drop
In the United States, the total revenue from retail games, consoles and accessories contracted by %20 during July - that's according to data gathered by NPD. Word is that sales of game goods at retail generated $548 million; down from the $686 million made during the same period the year before.

Here are the top-selling US titles in the previous month:

  • NCAA Football 13 (360, PS3)
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii, 360, DS, PS3, 3DS, Vita, PC)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3, 3DS, DS, Wii)
  • Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
  • Batman Arkham City (360, PS3, PC)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, DS, Wii, PC)
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC)
  • NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
  • Dead Island (360, PS3, PC)

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Reader Comments
Terminator Aug 10 2012, 04:20 am EDT
No surprise. America is heading for a double-dip recession. Everyone is cutting back here.
jungi Aug 10 2012, 04:48 am EDT
more to do with shitty titles rather than economy this time around. everything is a sequel.

this also doesn't count online sales from stuff like steam and blizzard. July had the Steam summer sale and Diablo 3 went past 10million sales.
Reikhardt Aug 10 2012, 05:32 am EDT
Surely this is more to do with the fact that retail sales are declining while digital distribution is increasing?
Hamsterkill Aug 10 2012, 05:48 am EDT
It's summer. There's no new titles worth buying. I bet if you checked any country's statistics, you'd find a similar drop.
Moesha [STAFF] Aug 10 2012, 07:58 am EDT
What hamster said
finaleve Aug 10 2012, 08:20 am EDT
Doesn't anyone see a problem here? Dead Island is still selling. How old is that game now?
Sword Fight Aug 10 2012, 09:33 am EDT
I can't help but feel sorry for the people who still buy boxed copies. Either due to slow connections, lack of awareness, or whatever reason. I don't remember the last time I bought anything from a physical store other than groceries. Everything has been either delivered or ordered online. Do physical copies still make you have the disc in?
  Terminator: I always buy boxed copies of games. Even if I could a…
Avus Aug 10 2012, 11:50 am EDT
I buy all my PC games on Steam (sales). I only have to buy games in retail are those xbox games. But i bought less than 5 xbox games per year. I just bought Red Dead Redemption GotY edition last month. And the other xbox game i bought before this is Forza 4 LCE.

But this retail sales report probably doesn't affect by PC game much. I think the main decrease are because...
1) less people play videogames in general (summer vacation, outdoor vacation..)
2) many mobile gamers (casual or not) move away from traditional mobile gaming devices like PSP and DS to iPad and Smartphone (online distribution only).
3) no new gaming hardware to spice up the market this year
Whisky Aug 10 2012, 04:30 pm EDT
It's because no decent new games have shipped in months. Summer is a dead zone for games, which makes no sense to me. I would target summer since the kids are out of school. Who knows.

I've actually been picking at my backlog a little since I finished Diablo 3. I found a real gem of a game I bought at a steam sale who knows how long ago... "Orcs Must Die". It's been on my drive for 6-12 months without looking at it. I am now addicted, and they just released a sequel.

My 360 has been neglected for months except for the occasional Pinball FX or Netflix.


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