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NPD Reports Gaming Hardware and Software Sales are Down

2012 has not been kind to retail, as evidenced by NPD Group's latest report for December 2012. However, NPD's data does not include digital sales (there's no way to accurately record the data), which would surely cushion the software numbers and make them a little less depressing to look at.

The report states that December saw a year-on-year decrease in industry spending, down 22 percent at $3.21 billion. 2012 overall was a year of tighter belts for the industry, as the year overall also experienced at 22 percent decrease in spending, down to $13.26 billion from $17 billion.

Hardware and software sales for 2012 both dropped 27 percent, for a spending of $4.04 billion and $7.09 billion respectively. The rest of the $13.26 billion in spending went to gaming accessories, which are also down 8 percent.

The numbers slowdown can no doubt be attributed to the fact that both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are coming to the end of their life cycles. There's been relatively few new IPs to rejuvenate the markets. Developers are all awaiting the arrival of the Orbis and Durango to announce new projects.

On a lighter note, Nintendo's enjoying a successful Wii U launch so far, raking in profits bigger than it did with the launch of the original Wii. After the holiday period, NPD reports that Nintendo's Wii U raked in over $300 million in profits in 41 days, higher than the $270 million that Nintendo brought in from the Wii. On the handheld side, the 3DS continues to perform well, selling 1.25 million units during the last month of 2012, bringing its overall tally to 7.7 million units sold.

Most of the industry's top selling titles of the year came from late 2012, which is no surprise, as developers and publishers have strategically packed holiday release schedule in an effort to pad numbers with gift purchases. The top selling titles of December 2012 and the year overall are both included below. Keep in mind that this list does not include digital downloads:

Top Ten Games December 2012 (new physical retail, all platforms

  1. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  2. Just Dance 4 (PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  3. Halo 4 (X360)
  4. Assassin’s Creed 3 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  5. Madden NFL 13 (PS3, PSV, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  6. Far Cry 3 (PC, PS3, X360)
  7. NBA 2K13 (PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  8. Skylanders Giants (3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  9. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
  10. (FIFA Soccer 13 (3DS, PS3, PSP, PSP, Wii, Wii U, X360)

Top Ten Games 2012 (new physical retail, all platforms)

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  2. Maddeen NFL 13 (PS3, PSV, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  3. Halo 4 (X360)
  4. Assassin’s Creed 3 (PC, PS3, Wii U, X360)
  5. Just Dance 4 (PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
  6. NBA 2K13 (PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, Wii U< X360)
  7. Borderlands 2(PC, PS3, X360)
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC, PS3, X360)
  9. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSV, Wii, X360)
  10. FIFA Soccer 13 (3DS, PS3, PSP, PSV, Wii, Wii U, X360)

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