Mass Effect 3 can't offset 25% sales decline in US during March - NPD

Mass Effect 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City top the charts

NPD has revealed its March US retail sales data, and as several analysts predicted, despite BioWare's Mass Effect 3 topping the charts, overall it's not pretty. Total game industry sales dropped 25 percent to $1.1 billion, as total software across consoles, portable and PC fell 26 percent to $585.1 million, while hardware sales plunged 35 percent to $323.5 million.

"While it was a disappointing month, and first quarter, for new physical retail sales of video games hardware, software and accessories, it wasn't entirely unexpected given guidance we've seen from several sources," said NPD industry analyst Anita Frazier.

"Outside of new physical retail sales, we find that the consumer spend on content on used games, rentals, subscriptions, mobile games, social network games, digital full game downloads and add-on content accounted for an additional $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion across the U.S., U.K., France & Germany in Q1 2012."

As you can see in the top 10 games chart below, besides Mass Effect 3 game sales were also driven by Capcom's latest Resident Evil title, and with the Major League Baseball season getting started Sony's newest MLB: The Show also fared well on PS3 and Vita.

Frazier also pointed out that Nintendo's new Kid Icarus actually did pretty well: "In a list of the top 10 SKUs for the month (as opposed to top titles as listed here), 3DS Kids Icarus: Uprising would have been among the top selling individual SKUs for the month of March."

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Weaker software line up than last year and we're at the end of a console cycle. Anyone expecting equal or better sales than last year shouldn't be in a paid position to give that expectation.
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Craig Burkey Software Engineer 7 years ago
My impression is that money used to be spread over a range of titles covering a wide audience, with publishers looking for more mass market appeal on key franchises the choice for consumer is becoming reduced to "buy the latest blockbuster or nothing" and the hardcore gamers who used to buy multiple games can't in the current climate

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Craig Burkey on 13th April 2012 1:54pm

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Feargus Carroll Producer 7 years ago
Do second hand sales get counted in these charts?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Second hand sales are not counted in the sales charts of any of the major sales tracking firms.
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Alex Bunch Proof Reader, ZiCorp Studios7 years ago
If apart from Mass Effect 3 the rest of the release are below par: Resident Evil, SSX, Mario Party Infinity; then what do they expect?
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