Port Washington, N.Y. – U.S. video game sales were down 26%
in April, to $766.2 million, marking the worst monthly sales decline since June
2009, according to a report from market research firm NPD Group. "Some of
the decline is explained by the shift of Easter timing," said NPD analyst
Anita Frazier. "In April ’09, consumers attributed $55 million of industry
sales to Easter as a purchase occasion, which would account for about 21% of
the decline from last year since Easter purchasing happened in March this
Sony also sold 65,600 PSP portable devices, while Nintendo sold
440,800 DS handhelds — compared to over 1 million units last April.
that declines in portable sales across hardware, software and accessories
accounted for 61% of the total industry decrease in sales last month.
software sales were down 22% in April; NPD saw a larger drop in sales of March
new releases this year (75%) than last year (54%).
The top-selling game in
April was Ubisoft’s "Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction" (486,100
Other titles in the top five included Nintendo’s "New Super Mario
Bros. Wii" (200,300), and two Pokemon titles for the DS that sold a
combined 435,500 units.