Research Group NPD released the sales numbers for video game hardware and software for June and the picture is not pretty. Overall video game sales fell by 31% to $1.17 billion. According to Reuters this marks the largest decline since the year 2000. Overall video game sales are down 12% year-to-date
The Nintendo Wii console still leads the charts with 362,000 consoles sold last month. Nintendo also sold 767,000 Nintendo DS consoles, which is about 5 times the number of PSP consoles sold by Sony last month.
Of course it is Summer and video game sales are expected to be low, but for instance Nintendo sold 45% more Wii consoles in June of last year.
Still I would not talk about a video game industry crisis. The sales will pick up again in fall when new games will arrive. The big question mark is though hardware sales. The only new hardware we know is coming is the PSP Go and that one is not that exciting in my opinion.
A HD Wii would make a big splash and the rumored hopefully cheaper Slim PS3 could also make an impact. The controller-free motion sensors that made a big splash at E3 are not coming this year.
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