Sunday, April 19, 2009

Video game industry takes a hit

It appears that the video game industry isn't safe from the recession after all. According to the research group NPD, overall U.S. video game sales fell 17 percent in March to $1.43 billion.

Video game software sales dropped 17 percent to $792.8 million in the month, while hardware sales fell 18 percent to $455.6 million.

Nintendo's blockbuster Wii was again the top-selling console in the U.S., selling 601,000 units. Microsoft's Xbox 360 was No. 2 with 330,000 units, while Sony's PlayStation 3 was third, with 218,000 units.

Nintendo's DS was the top-selling handheld console, selling 563,000 units, ahead of Sony's PSP, which sold 168,000.

Capcom's "Resident Evil 5" was the best-selling video game in the month, selling 1.5 million units for the Xbox and PlayStation 3, according to NPD.

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