Due to the lack of high-profile software launches, January 2012 software sales were down in North America, compared to the year prior. January 2011 saw the release of Dead Space 2, LittleBigPlanet 2 and DC Universe Online, but no such significant game launches were to be seen last month.
Retail sales of videogame software fell from $576.0MM to $355.9MM year-over-year (a 38% decline), but the NPD Group estimate that an additional $350 – $400 million in sales was generated from used games, social games, mobile games, rentals and subscriptions.
The 10 best-sellers in January were as follows:
|01.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||PS3, 360, Wii, PC||Activision Blizzard|
|02.||Just Dance 3||360, Wii||Ubisoft|
|03.||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
||PS3, 360, PC||Bethesda Softworks|
|04.||NBA 2K12||PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2||Ubisoft|
||PS3, 360, PC||Electronic Arts|
|06.||Madden NFL 12||PS3, 360, Wii, PSP, PS2||Electronic Arts|
|07.||Mario Kart 7||3DS||Nintendo|
|08.||Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure||PS3, 360, Wii, PC, 3DS||Activision Blizzard|
|09.||Zumba Fitness 2: Party Yourself||Wii||Majesco|
|10.||Saints Row: The Third||PS3, 360, PC||THQ|
Food for thought:
1. The tracking period for January only covered January 1st – 28th, which means software releases after that date weren’t counted.
2. Skylander accessories accounted for 22% of accessory sales.