June Swoon for Videogames

NEW YORK The flailing economy that has crushed the fortunes of traditional media is also taking its toll on videogames, with U.S. sales plunging 31 percent in June, the biggest drop in nine years and the fourth straight month that showed a decline.

Research group NPD said Thursday that year-over-year June sales of game software fell 29 percent to $625.8 million, hardware dropped 38 percent to $382.6 million and accessories fell 22 percent.

Nintendo’s Wii still dominated the charts even while sales of the console fell 46 percent to 361,700 units, more than the combined sales of Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation 3 combined.

Although sales of the PS3 fell 59 percent to 164,700, sales of the Xbox rose slightly to 240,600.

“Prototype,” from Activision Blizzard for Xbox 360, was the top-selling game in June, followed by “UFC 2009 Undisputed” from THQ, also for Xbox 360.

Falling out of the top 10 for the first time in 29 months was “Wii Play,” which is a collection of family games on a single disk that is packaged with an extra Wii remote.

Nielsen Business Media