Port Washington, N.Y. – U.S. video game sales fell 4% in
January, to $1.14 billion, according to a report from market research firm NPD
Sales of game hardware were down 8%, to $342 million, game
software sales slid 5%, to $576 million.
One bright spot was the accessories
category, where devices like Microsoft’s Kinect helped push sales 8% higher in
January from the prior year, to $235 million.
The top-selling game in January
was Activision’s "Call of Duty: Black Ops" — which has held that
spot each month since its release in November.
Notably, the new line of dance-focused game
titles, spurred by motion-sensing controllers like the Kinect, PlayStation Move
and the Wii, performed well at retailers in January.
Ubisoft’s "Just Dance
2" took second place in sales last month, while MTV Games’ "Dance
Central" came in eighth place, and Majesco’s dance-fitness title,
"Zumba Fitness," was the fifth top-selling title of the month.