US games market slumps as Wii sales tumble

Flagged Wii sales have dragged the US games market down off record highs in 2008.

Sales of Nintendo’s Wii games console have fallen for nine consecutive months, significantly reducing its lead over Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Monthly Wii sales dropped 38 percent to 1.26 million consoles in November, while the Xbox 360 declined 2 percent to 819,500, according to research firm NPD Group. Meanwhile PlayStation 3 sales leapt 88 percent to 710,400 on the back of  a 25 percent price cut in August.

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US video-game industry revenue has fallen 12 percent this year, although that comes off record highs in 2008 which would still see last month as the second-best November on record.

In terms of top 10 games, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 set the pace. The top 10 games in terms of sales were;

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Xbox 360 – 4.2 million

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – PS3 – 1.87 million

New Super Mario Brothers – Wii – 1.39 million

Assassin’s Creed II – Xbox 360 – 794,700

Left 4 Dead 2 – Xbox 360 – 744,000

Wii Sports Resort – Wii – 720,200

Wii Fit Plus – Wii – 679,000

Assassin’s Creed II – PS3 – 448,400

Dragon Age: Origins – Xbox 360 – 362,100

Mario Kart – Wii – 315,000