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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > January Video Game Sales Crashed

January Video Game Sales Crashed

January Video Game Sales Crashed

Added: Sunday, February 14th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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Beginning of this year that is 2010 was damn bad for the video game industry. It’s being declared that a declination of about 13% is observed in U.S. video game retail sales in January 2010 and previously also, the sales were very bad in last year 2009.

According to market researcher NPD Group, only about $1.2 billion have been spent this month by the Americans on accessories, video game systems and software.

A fall of 12% is observed in sales of Software , to $597.9 million.


Two games, one from Nintendo and other from Electronic Arts topped this month. "New Super Mario Bros" from Nintendo grasped a great success and considered as the best-selling game of January and moreover "Mass Effect 2" from Electronic Arts came up at second place.


A fall of 21% is observed in sale of Hardware, to $353.7 million. Wii still topped the place in the sales of consoles.

But only one category that is Accessories in which a rise of 2% is seen that is to $217 million.


There was not much expectations from Xbox360 but somehow it took the third place leaving PlayStation 3 behind it. The DS/DSi snatched its second place and leaving PSP at fifth.

The overall calculations of the crashed sales are >>


Hardware: $353.7 million (-21%)
Software: $597.9 million (-12%)
Accessories: $217 million (2%)
Total Games: $1.17 billion (-13%)


Wii: 465,800
Nintendo DS: 422,200
Xbox 360: 332,800
PlayStation 3: 276,900
PSP: 100,100
PlayStation 2: 41,600

February 14, 2010

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Date:  Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Comments (21) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site Friend (2010-02-14 18:21:59)
magiccrack avatarthanx for sharing

posted by Site FriendXbox (2010-02-14 18:44:31)
Z0R4N avatarWell, why to buy the original for an abnormal price? In my country the games are sold for twice the price that it costs in USA, so I do not intend to pay that much for a game that can be usually finished in 6-12 hours in average. The consoles are usually bought from tech freaks that flash them and make them compatible with copies. So the only thing that must be originally bought from the manufacturer is the accessory and nothing more. So I'm not that much surprised, but the info is worth the read. Thanks EMU!:o)

posted by (2010-02-14 19:02:51)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarthanks EMU

posted by (2010-02-14 19:12:37)
No avatarI would still take my PS3 over that piece-o-shit Xbox any day at any time... I have had my PS3 for 3 years now and have never had to replace it.. My sister in law has gone thru 4 360's in 2 years.. F'ing ridiculous..

posted by (2010-02-14 19:12:38)
Rodster avatarI think that it's ridiculous that almost every other country I have lived, South Africa, Russia, Armenia etc...other than the USA we are paying up to $100 USD or more for a game....This is an industry where prices of games need to looked at very seriously...

posted by Xbox (2010-02-14 19:13:48)
kush202 avatarhahaha playstation always at the bottom for sales ....

posted by Site FriendXbox (2010-02-14 19:16:52)
Z0R4N avatar@pusslvr: Hey man, I have a PS2 and a 360 and both are working fine, one customer does not make it a rule, so don't badmouth 360, it is as good as PS3 when it comes to quality and games, check out the review for Final Fantasy XII for instance, the gameplay is even better on 360 the only thing that is better on PS3 is the movie quality because of the Bluray disc over double layer DVD. I respect both consoles, if you have one it does not make the other less good. Think about it.

posted by (2010-02-14 19:55:02)
ic3m4l3 avatarI think the only reason ps3 came bottom,the only reason is price as for ashetics and quality that is far far better than the xbox also convenience u have to hav ur xbox hooked up online just to play divx so wen ps3 eventually comes down in price with its software it WILL romp on to the top of the list or wen its eventualy fully hacked also(thats prob why the wii is top as its the easiest to hack).
playstations have always been ahead of xbox it was the same with ps2 and the norm xbox u mark my words when the ps3 gets hacked fully and/or the price comes down so us mere lowerclass can go buy one without a mortgage it will be the top 4 sure.

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-02-14 20:20:08)
Big_A_Little_A avatarIts not all doom and gloom,these figures come on the back of a record breaking sales month of Dec for gaming sales in the USA

December’s American video game sales data from the NPD is in, and like almost any month the past year, it shows an unchanged result: A Nintendo system on top, this time the Wii and DSi outsold everybody else by an unparalleled margin. In fact Wii now holds the record for biggest sales ever in a single month at 3.8 million units.

NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, had this to say about hardware sales: “There are a lot of hardware records this month. The PS3 realized it’s biggest month of sales ever, and the first time sales have exceeded 1 million units. The Wii and the DS also had their biggest sales months ever, and in fact the two platforms hold the top two spots in sales of any hardware device in a single month. Overall, it was the biggest month of sales for hardware on both a dollar and unit basis. This current generation of console hardware has outsold the last by more than 9 million units during the first 50 months in the market. Hopefully, the big increase in the overall install base of hardware systems will bring good things for software sales in 2010, especially with the incredible line-up of content coming out early in the year.”

Video game hardware overview:

1. Nintendo Wii — 3.81 million
2. Nintendo DS — 3.3 million
3. PlayStation 3 — 1.36 million
4. Xbox 360 — 1.31 million
5. PlayStation Portable — 654,700
6. PlayStation 2 — 333,200

“The best-selling game of the month was New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which also captures the third spot on the annual top 10 list for 2009. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has become the fourth best-selling game of all time. In fact, 3 of the top 10 games of all time are Call of Duty games. The music/dance genre was the best-selling genre for the month and second best for the year behind first-person shooters. Madden NFL 10 had a big month selling 1.5 million units across all platforms, besting last December’s performance of the ‘09 game. December’s sales made up some of the lost ground realized out the gate when the title came to market in August. Software sales in December were more concentrated among the top games this year than last. This year, 20% of sales came from the top SKU’s, whereas last December it was just 12%. 6 of the top 10 games totaling 20.8 million units for the year were on the Wii platform as compared to 4 last year at 19 million units.”

As for the games industry overall, Ms. Frazier ended with, “The video game industry experienced its biggest sales month ever, besting last December by 4%. It wasn’t enough, though, to compensate for the sales decline throughout the year, and so full-year sales came in 8% below last year’s record-setting revenues.

On top of this as the recession hits home,more people with less money,the retailers increasing put on additional sales and price cuts to ensure their survival in the market

posted by (2010-02-14 20:26:04)
Stayingtrue avatarMy 360 broke down with the first siw months Oh-wait this is not the complaint department. Thanks For the Article.

posted by (2010-02-14 22:38:37)
greigstar avatarjust to point out ive went thro 2 xbox 360 so i gave up and went out and bought myself a ps3 also there is another 4 guys where i work and i swear everyone of them went thro the ring of death so the proofs in the pudding if it's knackered the it's xbox360 then and as someone else pointed out as soon as this baby is hacked then the sales will shoot through the roof and which i may also add is free to play online and has a web browser which i watch p2p football on on those free live footie websites ok quality might not be great but i can watch my team play every saturday afternoon i don't recall my xbox ever being able to do that oh and i forgot you move the box the disc is buggered i think i went thro 3 copies of pro evo i think i'll stop my rant now lol

posted by (2010-02-15 03:36:18)
No avatarNone of this is really what one would call, "news".

Think about it. It's January, the beginning of the 1st quarter of a new year. Because of the holidays, 60% to 75% of all retail sells, across every industry happen during a year's 4th quarter (October, November and December). Consequently, every Q1, the bottom drops out of all retail sells.

This is nothing new and it happens each and every year. Not just to the videogame industry, but to every industry that relies heavily on a retail presence to generate the bulk of it's revenue. I'm sure when you look at the NPD numbers for the last twenty years of game industry growth, you'll see a similar drop off in January of every year. Matter of fact, just going of memory, it's been the case as long as I can remember.

posted by (2010-02-15 10:03:32)
friskunr avatari have all 3 systems by which i mean 360 ps3 and wii i always wonder if the reason sales for systems are so diffrent is cuz well your grandma could own a wii my father in-law plays mine lol and the 360 breaks so often that people have to buy another one and ds and psp are both easy to break and ps3 and ps2 last forever so they dont get bought as much almost everyone has either had the RROD or knows someone who has my 360 only lasted a week before i got the RROD im a ps3 fan myself but i just think its so much better from the 360 for more than just the videos i refuse to pay 100 bucks for a wifi adapter that crazy and i dont like the idea of multi disc games anymore it was cool during the ps1 days but now we should be past that unless there is an insane amount of content but 99% of games only last 6-12 hours and of course my number 1 thing is i will never pay to play online in the first year a 360 can cost way more than the ps3 just to avoid hassle because you gotta buy the plug and play or you spend a fortune on batteries you buy the wifi adapter so you dont have an ethernet cord running through your house and than you gotta get xbox live thats to much money for my taste but i can see the appeal for people who love the system because of their favorite games like halo all my problems with the system can be justified by those who play it and love it to ps3 fanboys its crazy just like to an xbox fanboy having a ps3 is just crazy this argument will go on to the ps4 and the xbox 720 or what ever they are going to call it lol and forever people are gonna take sides and have their opinions just realize when your a fanboy of a system and you hate the other someone else is out there thinking the exact same so dont freak out not everyone likes your favorite system

sorry for the massive run on sentence lol i hate punctuation and sorry for the spelling
now if you will excuse me im gonna go play a video game lol i am a Fan boy
peace love and satan lol

posted by Kitty (2010-02-15 14:05:55)
fresnokila avatarI wonder how the figures would be after Sony and Microsoft launch their answer to the Wii's motion controller...

posted by (2010-02-15 15:22:07)
No avatarZ0R4N , you have no idea what you are talking about , first off you said you have ps2 , so what even gives you the right to comment on ps3 , i'm getting sick and tired of xbox 360 owners talking about the ps3 and you have the nerve to say xbox 360 is better , you are out of your mind , i have both ps3 and xbox 360 , and i had xbox and ps2 , playstation has always had a better console going back to the ps1 , xbox360 can barely run gtaIV , first off the graphics on ps3 is way better , pussyluver was totally right and as far as one customer making the rule , do you not remember the red ring of death nonsense , just like microsoft to intentionally do something like that for people too stupid to send it back and demand that microsoft replace it at their own expense , so take from someone who has both consoles.
1. xbox doesn't read as many video formats as ps3 , xbox has trouble with MP4 , some avi and evem mov files
2. you can only add music from a cd , while ps3 can take music from cd , dvd , and even flash drives.
3. xbox doesn't even have slots for sd and sd mini , so what the hell doesn't it have a folder for pictures.
at every turn ps3 blows xbox out of the water , the only thing that xbox has that ps3 doesn't is the ability to play your own music in a game , which is the only reason i have one , i make beats and i like to play gta with my own music , but besides that there is nothing that xbox does that ps3 can't do better , and now that episodes from liberty is coming out on ps3 all xbox has that is worth playing is alan wake , and xbox won't be getting agent , so haha you guys will be without one of rockstars greatest games. and four xboxes in 2 years , it doesn't matter if shes just one person that is just unacceptable and i highly doubt she is the only one this has happened to.

posted by (2010-02-15 18:04:07)
C374R avatarTotal Games: $1.17 billion (-13%) so? life is not a game :) PS3 rules, Alan Wake, too ;)

posted by (2010-02-16 20:45:46)
No avatarOh come on you guys are crazy the best is still my pc.

posted by (2010-02-16 23:57:05)
Yeastful_Biscuit avatarI have had my 360 for over 2 years and I bought it used. I dont throw it around or anything but I am not exactly the most careful when it comes to handling the 360 and I have not had a single problem with it. When it comes to graphics and addable content the PC wins IMHO. The only reason I can think of why pc games aren't as widely marketed is because of how easy it is to pirate them, especially when compared to pirating a console game. But either way Xbox 360 is still awesome.

To PhillupMacolon:
"i'm getting sick and tired of xbox 360 owners talking about the ps3 and you have the nerve to say xbox 360 is better"
"at every turn ps3 blows xbox out of the water"

Ummm, what do both quotes show? .......Hypocrite. Its kind of retarded to say don't bash my system but Ill bash youres anytime I want. Put a little practice in what you preach. Im sorry if I sound offensive, but that needed to be pointed out.

posted by (2010-02-17 13:40:34)
kunalk avatartorrent is gud but buy if you like the game...
we can c the hardwork thedo..support them!!!

posted by (2010-02-17 15:52:12)
draggonking68 avatarplay station may always be at the bottom for sales on there platforms but that maybe cuz the 360 is a piece of crap people keep replacing

posted by (2010-02-19 20:56:41)
C374R avatarindeed, i play games on 360 too, but ps3 is rare, more games accordig 2 x360, cheaper titles, better gameplay than on pc, what can i say, ps3set u 3

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