June was a down month for the U.S. video-game industry overall, but not for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 –which turned in its sixth straight month atop the console market, with 507,000 consoles sold, according to NPD Group statistics cited by the company today.
Microsoft has seen a boost from the release of the Kinect motion sensor and a revamped Xbox 360 last year. Sony and Nintendo didn’t release statistics for the PlayStation 3 or Wii for the month, but Microsoft said in a statement that its its numbers for the months “nearly twice as many units as other current-generation platforms.”
Xbox 360 had four of the top 10 games in the U.S. for the month, according to the company. The console has been No. 1 in the U.S. for 12 of the past 13 months.
Of course the U.S. market is just part of the picture. More global data on Xbox 360 should come from Microsoft next week with the company’s quarterly earnings release.
Total industry-wide sales of video game hardware, software and accessories for the month were down 10 percent compared to last June in the U.S., to just over $1 billion, according to NPD Group data.
Here are the top 10 games overall for the month, as tracked by NPD …
|Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)||Rank||Publisher|
|L.A. Noire (360, PS3)||1||Take 2 Interactive|
|Duke Nukem Forever (360, PS3, PC)||2||Take 2 Interactive|
|Infamous 2 (PS3)||3||Sony|
|Lego Pirates of Caribbean: (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)||4||Disney Interactive|
|Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)||5||Nintendo|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)||6||Activision Blizzard|
|NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC)||7||Take 2 Interactive|
|Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360)||8||Warner Bros.|
|Cars 2 (NDS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC)||9||Disney Interactive|
|Just Dance 2 (Wii)||10||Ubisoft|