NPD with report that Wii fronts video game industry to “biggest sales month ever” in December

Jan 15, 2010
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NPD Group’s retail data released last night discloses that December was the video game industry’s “biggest sales month ever”, besting last December by 4%.  While it wasn't enough to match up with 2008's combined record-smashing revenues, December's sales rally saved 2009 from an even dismal finish, leaving aggregate industry revenue 8 points down, or $19.7 billion compared to last year's $21.4 billion.

“"January and February were both up, and since the decline that began in March, only September experienced growth," NPD analyst Anita Frazier said, though ending on an upbeat note: "The big sales [in December], particularly on the hardware front, [are] a positive move for the industry headed into what will hopefully be a recovery year in 2010."”  We certainly hope so too.

Hardware (units)

3.81m - Wii
3.31m - Nintendo DS
1.36m - PlayStation 3
1.31m - Xbox 360
655k - PSP
333k - PlayStation 2

Software (units)

2.82m - New Super Mario Bros [Wii]
2.41m - Wii Fit Plus [Wii]
1.79m - Wii Sports Resort [Wii]
1.63m - Modern Warfare 2 [Xbox 360]
1.12m - Modern Warfare 2 [PS3]
1.01m - Wii Play w/remote [Wii]
936k - Mario Kart w/wheel [Wii]
783k - Assassin's Creed 2 [Xbox 360]
729k - Left 4 Dead 2 [Xbox 360]
657k - Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story [DS]


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