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Video game sales jump in January

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Feb 2009 15:09 User comments (7)

Video game sales jump in January According to the latest data figures from NPD, United States video game industry sales rose 13 percent year-on-year to $1.33 billion USD. That number includes gaming systems, software and accessories.
For the same period, hardware sales totaled $445.4 million, a 17 percent year-on-year increase.

Nintendo topped the charts as usual, selling 679,000 Wii units and 510,800 DS handhelds. Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, added that this was the 16th consecutive month that the Wii remained the top seller.

Microsoft sold 309,000 Xbox 360 units, and Sony lagged behind selling 203,200 PlayStation 3 units.

Software sales amounted to $676.6 million USD, a 10 percent increase year-on-year.

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7 user comments

113.2.2009 15:42

so then why are all these video game companies laying off people then?

213.2.2009 15:48

Originally posted by Paladore:
so then why are all these video game companies laying off people then?
So they can make more money....

and its the smalle companys frist then the big ones.. they geting gready and realseing alot of garbage games

313.2.2009 19:22

And qaulity is still shit....

413.2.2009 21:22

ok, im a hard core gamer and very interested in the gaming industrie, how can you say the quality is poor? 2008 was fantastic, as was 2007. 2009 looks to be great also. There are at least 10-15 games last year that blew me away.

513.2.2009 21:35

Originally posted by Paladore:
ok, im a hard core gamer and very interested in the gaming industrie, how can you say the quality is poor? 2008 was fantastic, as was 2007. 2009 looks to be great also. There are at least 10-15 games last year that blew me away.
Since 03 or so level design has shifted to simplistic layouts which has devastated FPSs, game play has not evolved much but for the rare game sure you can do more with physics but that's dose not help a game that's under developed and unfinished.

The only thing that's gone steadily up is cost for the devs and costumer and graphics, gameplay has not improved much at all look at FO3 and BS begin under deved and and unfinished, sure they are above average compared to today's titles but of titles made around 8+ years ago they are average... and don't even get me started on Jrpgs...bland MMO wanna be clones blharrggg!

You might like the slop that's served and enjoy paying a premium for it, I and others do not.

614.2.2009 20:46

"the sales increased due to piracy!"

lol imagine if a company were to ever utter those words, even if it was true.

714.2.2009 21:05

Originally posted by navi1199:
"the sales increased due to piracy!"

lol imagine if a company were to ever utter those words, even if it was true.
It was not a company but a trade group.

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/02/14/p...c-game-biz-grow

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