It's good to be the Batman this year, given the Dark Knight is garnering some serious cred with a new motion picture and more than one licensed video game title that's actually well-received by both critics and consumers alike. But not even a one-two punch of Batman and Spider-Man games still hot at retail could help the North American gaming industry pull out of a 20 percent year-on-year decline in sales last month.
Total industry sales plummeted to $548 million USD, stung by double-digit drops in both console hardware and (physical) software sales. While the Xbox 360 maintains its winning streak as the top-selling platform with 203,000 units sold last month, only Nintendo's 3DS actually enjoyed a year-on-year increase in unit sales. Indeed, both of Nintendo's handhelds also saw an increase in sales from June 2012 compared to the other platforms.
NPD notes that should digital format sales be factored into their monthly sales report, the total industry spend for last month would have actually hit $1.1 billion USD, a substantial increase. This extra revenue would not only come from digitally distributed software and add-on sales, but also microtransactions, monthly subscription fees, and of course mobile and social gaming.
|1.||NCAA Football 13||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360||07/2012|
|2.||LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PC / PSV / 3DS / DS||06/2012|
|3.||The Amazing Spider-Man||Activision Blizzard||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / 3DS / DS||06/2012|
|4.||Just Dance 3||Ubisoft||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii||10/2011|
|5.||Batman: Arkham City||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2011|
|6.||Call of Duty: Black Ops||Activision Blizzard||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PC / DS||11/2010|
|7.||Assassin's Creed: Revelations||Ubisoft||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||11/2011|
|8.||NBA 2K12||2K Sports||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PC / PSP / PS2||10/2011|
|9.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Activision Blizzard||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / PC||11/2011|
|10.||Dead Island||Deep Silver||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||09/2011|