Port Washington, N.Y. – U.S. video game sales were down 6%
in June, to $1.1 billion, when an uptick in console sales could not offset
declines in sales of handheld systems and games across all platforms, according
to a report from market research firm NPD Group. Sales of game hardware were up
5% in June from a year ago, to $401.7 million, driven by "significant
increases in Xbox 360 and PS3 sales," NPD said.
The Nintendo DS
handheld sold 510,70 units last month, while Sony’s PSP moved 121,000 units.
software sales were down 15% in June, to $531.3 million.
Take-Two Interactive’s (NASD: TTWO)
"Red Dead Redemption" took the top spot for the second month in a row
with nearly 1 million unit sales; NPD notes that the game is now the year’s
best-seller to date.
Other titles in the sales top 10 included Nintendo’s
"Super Mario Galaxy 2" (548,400) and "New Super Mario Bros.
Wii" (200,900), and Ubisoft’s "Just Dance" (174,800).