U.S. video game market declined by a quarter

The company NPD Group has once again been a sharp decline in sales in the U.S. games market.

In April, the U.S. was sold consoles, related accessories and games at $ 766.2 million, up 26% less than the result for the same month in 2009, when the market volume is estimated at $ 1.03 billion analysts note that this is the fourth serious fall in annualized basis, previously a similar pattern was observed only September of 2000, as well as in June and July last year.

Demand for games has decreased by 22% - from $ 512.0 to $ 398.5 million in the same time, sales of consoles fell by 37% to $ 249.3 million, Accessories brought producers $ 118.4 million, up 9% less than last year’s result .

Last month, the most popular among Americans used the console Nintendo DS, with sales reaching 440.8 thousand units. In second place was the demand for Nintendo Wii console with 277.2 thousand units sold. Followed by Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 with 185.4 and 180.8 thousand sets sold, respectively. PlayStation Portable sales totaled 65.5 thousand pieces.

Ten most popular games in April looks like this:

1. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360) - 486.1 thousand copies.
2. Pokemon SoulSilver (Nintendo DS) - 242,9 thousand
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo Wii) - 200,3 thousand
4. Pokemon HeartGold (Nintendo DS) - 192,6 thousand
5. God of War III (PS3) - 180,3 thousand
6. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo Wii) - 179,0 thousand
7. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360) - 166.0 thousand
8. Wii Fit Plus w / Balance Board (Nintendo Wii) - no data.
9. Just Dance (Nintendo Wii) - 144,0 thousand
10. Super Street Fighter IV (PS3) - 143,0 thousand

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