The games industry didn't manage to pick up the slack last month, as the NPD Group reports that overall sales declined 10 percent during March compared to last year. Console hardware sales in particular continued to suffer double-digit drops year-on-year, though Nintendo's 3DS proved to be the sole exception with monthly sales actually growing nine percent. That's a bright spot that Nintendo could appreciate given that Wii U sales did not appear to take a turn for much better; the platform certainly didn't topple Microsoft's Xbox 360 which remained the top-selling console platform for March.
When you've got the sales crown, you're a bit more willing to share how well you did. In Microsoft's case, 360 hardware sales managed to hit 261,000 units in March. Nintendo was more interested in sharing sales figures for software, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon proved to be a big winner here with physical sales reaching 360,000 units. That was enough to also land the title on NPD's software top ten for March. Combined with its digital sales through the eShop, and total sales for the Luigi's Mansion sequel are sitting at a very handsome 415,000 copies. Turns out it was a good year to make Luigi the star of the show over at Nintendo.
If Luigi's Mansion ranked sixth with physical sales of 360K units, we can only imagine how well BioShock Infinite did to score first place as the top-selling game for March. It's followed by Square Enix's Tomb Raider reboot, which while well-received by critics is expected to fall far short of the JRPG giant's own exceedingly lofty expectations for the title. The Gears of War mojo is still strong, with Judgement scoring bronze last month. In fact quite a few new titles released in March managed to replace February's top sellers.
March 2013 US Games Industry Summary
Total Industry Sales - $992.5 million USD (-10%)
Console Hardware Sales - $221.6 million USD (-32%)
Console Software Sales - $554.8 million USD (-1%)
Total Software Sales - $602.4 million USD (2%)
Accessory Sales - $216.1 million USD (flat)
|1.||BioShock Infinite||Take-Two Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||03/2013|
|2.||Tomb Raider||Square Enix||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||03/2013|
|3.||Gears of War: Judgment||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||03/2013|
|4.||God of War: Ascension||Sony Computer Entertainment America||PS3||03/2013|
|5.||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||11/2012|
|6.||Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon||Nintendo||3DS||03/2013|
|7.||MLB 13: The Show||Sony Computer Entertainment America||PS3 / PS Vita||03/2013|
|8.||NBA 2K13||Take-Two Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii / PSP / PC||10/2012|
|9.||The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct||Activision||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||03/2013|
|10.||Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3||Namco Bandai Games||PS3 / Xbox 360||03/2013|