The NPD Group’s sales report for the month of July is out, and indicates that total physical sales across the games industry dropped to $548.4 million. That’s a 20% decline from July 2011.
Hardware sales were down year-over-year by 32%. “Of the hardware platforms that were on the market last July, only one, the 3DS, realized a unit sales increase over last year,” says the NPD’s Anita Frazier. Additionally, while the DS and 3DS saw increased sales over the month prior, all other platforms declined from their June numbers.
Meanwhile, physical software sales in the U.S. (this includes PC games) dropped by 23% year-over-year to $278.2 million. The important thing to note is that this only accounts for physical goods. The NPD estimate that if you were to take digital sales—including full game purchases, DLC, rentals, subscriptions and mobile apps into account—the spend on software would amount to $1.1 billion.
The top ten best-selling games in July were as follows:
|01.||NCAA Football 13||PS3, 360||Take 2|
|02.||Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes||PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, PC, PSV, DS||Warner Bros.|
|03.||The Amazing Spider-Man||PS3, 360, 3DS, Wii, DS||Activision Blizzard|
|04.||Just Dance||PS3, 360, Wii||Ubisoft|
|05.||Batman: Arkham City||PS3, 360, PC||Warner Bros.|
|06.||Call of Duty: Black Ops||PS3, 360, Wii, PC, DS||Activision Blizzard|
|07.||Assassin’s Creed: Revelations||PS3, 360, PC||Ubisoft|
|08.||NBA 2K12||PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2||Take 2|
|09.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||PS3, 360,Wii, PC||Activision Blizzard|
|10.||Dead Island||PS3, 360, PC||Deep Silver|
While it isn’t mentioned in the list above, the NPD Group point out that, if the list were divided up by individual console SKUs, Pokémon Conquest would be in the top-ten (again) as well. They also pointed out that both Batman: Arkham City and Dead Island saw a boost, thanks to the release of their Game of the Year editions.
For the month of August, the NPD Group look forward to the release of New Super Mario Bros.2 and Sleeping Dogs, which is a new I.P. that has “garnered a fair amount of buzz”.