Video Game Console Sales Ebb

  • January 19, 2006
Sales of video game console titles last year decreased 12 percent from 2004, according to a report released Tuesday by the NPD Group. Much of that decline appears to be due to a few key factors--the scarcity of Xbox 360s, the lack of major blockbuster titles, and sequel fatigue. Despite the slide, overall retail sales of games, hardware, and accessories last year increased by 6 percent to $10.5 billion, from $9.9 billion in 2004. The surge was led by a drastic increase in interest in mobile; portable games, hardware, and accessories increased by 96 percent, 42 percent, and 88 percent respectively over their 2004 levels, totaling $1.4 billion in 2005. -- Shankar Gupta
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