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:
|01.||Mass Effect 3||PS3, 360, PC||Electronic Arts|
|02.||Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City||PS3, 360||Capcom|
|03.||MLB 12: The Show||PS3, PSV||Sony|
|04.||NBA 2K12||PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2||Ubisoft|
|05.||SSX 2012||PS3, 360||Electronic Arts|
|06.||Street Fighter X Tekken||PS3, 360||Capcom|
|07.||Mario Party 9||Wii||Nintendo|
|08.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||PS3, 360, Wii, PC||Activision Blizzard|
|09.||Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations||PS3, 360||Namco Bandai|
|10.||Major League Baseball 2K12||PS3, 360, Wii, PC, NDS, PSP, PS2||THQ|
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.