By James Brightman
After a massive December, the U.S. games industry has come back down to post-holiday levels and sales weren’t quite up to last year’s results. The grand total dipped five per cent to $1.16 billion, as hardware fell eight per cent to $324 million and software declined five per cent to $576 million. The one area to see an increase was accessories, which jumped six per cent to $235.1 million. That’s likely because Microsoft’s hot-selling Kinect camera is tracked by NPD as an accessory.
In terms of software, two of the big holiday sellers carried their momentum over into January, as Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops controlled the top spot, while the dance category continues to be popular, as evidenced by Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2 taking the second spot. You could make the argument that Ubisoft was really the big winner in January, as three of its titles made the top 10.