Black Ops II Leads Slumping Game Sales in the U.S.
"A major culprit in the decline in retail sales in 2012 was the lack of new releases with 29 percent less SKUs across consoles, portables, and PCs," analyst Liam Callahan said, according to Gamasutra. "However, the SKUs that were released generated 8 percent more units per SKU and 11 percent more dollars per SKU."
That last statement should be encouraging to game developers and publishers, though it's unclear why there were so many more game releases in 2011 compared to 2012.
The best selling game in December 2012 was Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which managed to hold onto the top spot for a second consecutive month. Even more impressive is that this is the fourth consecutive year a Call of Duty game ranked No. 1. Here's a look at the top 10 selling games in the month of December:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
- Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, Wii U, PS3)
- Halo 4 (360)
- Assassin's Creed III (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
- Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)
- Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
- Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
- FIFA Soccer 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)