Gamaustra- With the release of the March 2012 U.S. retail sales figures from the NPD Group last week, the search continues for a silver lining of any kind from that side of the market. It is truly grim if you're working in brick-and-mortar, and it's likely to feel that way for a while.
Hardware sales, for example, were down in practically every conceivable way. The leading console, the Xbox 360, fell from 431,000 systems to 371,000 systems, a decline of 14 percent. PlayStation 3 hardware sales were down about 9 percent from their total last year. PlayStation Portable (PSP) sales have utterly collapsed and Nintendo DS sales this March weren't even a quarter of the level they were a year ago.