The games industry was down 25% in sales this past March as compared to March 2011, the NPD Group reports. All hardware saw a decline in sales versus last March, although NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, adds that the high-definition consoles fared better than others. The Xbox 360 remained in the lead with 371,000 units sold in March, which accounts for 40% market share.

 

The top-ten selling games in March were as follows:

 

RankTitleSystemPublisher
01.Mass Effect 3PS3, 360, PCElectronic Arts
02.Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon CityPS3, 360Capcom
03.MLB 12: The ShowPS3, PSVSony
04.NBA 2K12PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2Ubisoft
05.SSX 2012
PS3, 360Electronic Arts
06.Street Fighter X TekkenPS3, 360Capcom
07.Mario Party 9WiiNintendo
08.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3PS3, 360, Wii, PCActivision Blizzard
09.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm GenerationsPS3, 360Namco Bandai
10.Major League Baseball 2K12PS3, 360, Wii, PC, NDS, PSP, PS2THQ

 

Mass Effect 3, which was the best-selling game for the month “sold more than twice as much as did Mass Effect 2 during its introductory month in January 2010” according to Frazier.

 

Additionally, while it isn’t in the list above, Nintendo’s Kid Icarus: Uprising sold well, too. While the NPD Group doesn’t provide numbers for individual titles anymore, Frazier says that the game was in the top-10 individual SKUs (single platform) for the month.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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