2010 saw industry-wide gaming sales slump

http://www.thelittlehousecompany.co.uk/news/august-home-sales-drop-I0044.htmAccessory sales soared in what was otherwise a fairly dismal sales year in the videogame industry, which saw an almost across-the-board slump in sales figures.

Gamasutra reports that tracking numbers from NPD Group show an industry December sales drop of 9% year over year with the entire industry shrinking 5% in 2010.  Microsoft was the only company to see a console sales increase, with the Xbox 360 up 42% from 2009.

Total software sales also saw a 5% year over year decrease, down to $10.1 billion from $10.6 billion in 2009.  This is despite a 62% year over year increase in PC game sales for the month of December, the result of the release of Blizzard’s “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.”

Led by the PlayStation Move, the Microsoft Kinect and the continued success of the Nintendo Wii Fit, peripherals and accessories were the big winners in 2010, sales of which increased 13% year over year.

Despite the negative news, 2011 is shaping up to be a big sales year, with the Nintendo 3DS at the top of the list of major releases.  Only time will tell whether this downward trend will continue into 2011 or whether these new products — coupled with a more stable economy — will encourage industry growth.

Image Credit: The Little House Company

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