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U.S. video game sales dive off a cliff in April

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 May 2010 0:37 User comments (7)

U.S. video game sales dive off a cliff in April According to the latest NPD figures, U.S. video game sales crumbled in April, with hardware falling 37 percent year-on-year and software falling 22 percent.
The overall 26 percent decline was the fourth largest such collapse since the turn of the century.

Sales fell to $766.2 million USD, after regularly topping $1 billion.

The Nintendo Wii remained the top-selling home console for the month, despite sales falling. The Xbox 360 came in second, just beating out the PS3.

Sales of the DS/DSi handheld fell over 50 percent to 440,800, but the console was still the clear winner for the month.

"The portable side of the industry contributed more than its fair share to the industry decline,"
added NPD analyst Anita Frazier.

The full hardware sales figures:

DS 440,800
Wii 277,200
Xbox 360 185,450
PS3 180,800
PSP 65,500

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7 user comments

114.5.2010 0:38

No surprise...everyone who got a tax refund got it before april, and everyone who owed Uncle Scam money had to pay it in april. The economy always takes a hit around tax time...and luxury items are the hardest hit.

214.5.2010 1:18

Originally posted by KillerBug:
No surprise...everyone who got a tax refund got it before april, and everyone who owed Uncle Scam money had to pay it in april. The economy always takes a hit around tax time...and luxury items are the hardest hit.
good point.

314.5.2010 5:06

not to mention the fact there werent any big releases last month

414.5.2010 9:30

Originally posted by Josipher:
not to mention the fact there werent any big releases last month
or ban waves..

514.5.2010 12:39

Also I know of some that are waiting for Natal to come out and hope to get a great package deal then on the XBox 360...


614.5.2010 13:58
trident77
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well that's typical. start making good games instead of constant shit games and your gross income will be better. and not the good games either that last 4 or 5 hours. slap a game together in a few months with beautiful graphics and no AI and they will all fall for it as they always do (futureman)

714.5.2010 20:48

Originally posted by KillerBug:
No surprise...everyone who got a tax refund got it before april, and everyone who owed Uncle Scam money had to pay it in april. The economy always takes a hit around tax time...and luxury items are the hardest hit.
Can't disagree with that logic

Originally posted by Josipher:
not to mention the fact there werent any big releases last month
For the most part I agree but there was some "big" releases...they just didn't do that well ~ Splinter Cell Conviction, the GTA's for PS3 (Lost and Damned, Ballad of Gay Tony & Episodes from Liberty City, Capcom's usual antics with "Super" Street Fighter IV and...uh...well...um Dead to Rights Retribution?? LoL yeah April was pretty weak.

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