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NPD April 2012: Game sales plummet by 32% in US during April

The NPD Group has released its April sales report for the US games industry, and the numbers for retail are not pretty. Total video game sales fell off a cliff, dropping 32 percent to $630.4 million. Software sales alone really nosedived by 42 percent, totaling $307.2 million (including PC retail titles), while hardware fell 32 percent to $189.7 million.

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Dante1121475d ago (Edited 1475d ago )

Hardware and software sales dropped for April. Are we ready for next gen consoles?

Abash1475d ago

If Prototype 2 was the highest selling game then software sales all around must have been VERY low. For one thing thats only six days of sales for P2 and there was a general low level of hype for the game

sikbeta1475d ago

P2 was the best *multiplatform* (PS360) game of the months and "Last April, the top seven titles outsold the top-selling title this year"

http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

A price cut ASAP! and get those new consoles ready for 2013 for the sake of the whole gaming industry

NYC_Gamer1475d ago

Call of Duty still ranks high in the top 10

Bimkoblerutso1475d ago (Edited 1475d ago )

I like to think it's because of all the corporate shenanigans going on in the industry right now and this is somehow going to teach them the error of their ways, but it's probably just the absolutely terrible economy in general.

donniebaseball1475d ago

It's partially economy but it's also because there weren't any solid new games, other than Prototype 2. It was mostly older titles.

Bimkoblerutso1475d ago

Well, there was also Xenoblade and the Witcher 2, but I suppose you're right. Great as those games are, they're both kind of niche titles.

Solid_Snake371475d ago

Them big companies like Crapcon and EA are now getting their payback for ripping thousands of gamers off

Captain Tuttle1475d ago

Dismal numbers.

Time for a new generation, the hype has left this one.

CadDad1475d ago

It's the diablo 3 effect! People are saving pennies for D3 in less than a week!

-caddad

Spenok1474d ago

Lol that could definitely have something to do with it. But i doubt it was THAT major of an impact :D

Oh, and i know you were joking.

I'm sure it was a lack of games, as well as a lack of a proper system price drop in quite some time. I have no doubt we will be seeing some consoles loose a few $$'s this year. The sooner the better.

Oh, and Sony. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD RELEASE MORE GAMES ON THE VITA!! Its gasping for something new. Don't get me wrong, I love my Vita, and play it regularly. However I want something new. Cant wait for Gravity Rush.

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