Games Industry Slide Continues

Sales of video games and consoles in the US fell by 6 per cent in June to $1.1 billion worth of revenue, new research by the NDP Group shows.

Although overall US console sales for June rose by 5 per cent, sales of video games dropped to 15 per cent $531.3 million, from $627 million in June 2009, marking the ninth consecutive month of decline for the industry.

Microsoft saw an 88 per cent rise in console sales following the launch of its new Xbox 360 'slim' 250GB, selling 451,700 units.

Nintendo's Wii games console sold 422,500 units in June, citing a 17 per cent rise in sales on last year.

Sony's PlayStation 3 sales rose by 85 per cent to 304,800 units in June.

In a statement to Business week, Anita Frazier, analyst with the NDP Group, said: “Sales are more concentrated this year on the top-selling games.”

The research firm also said that sales figures for Nintendo's DS handheld gaming device slumped by 33 per cent following the announcement of plans to introduce the new 3DS, 3D handheld gaming device in March 2011.