wiiuIt’s not looking good for the U.S. video game industry.

NPD market research firm came out with their monthly numbers Thursday, with total video game sales dropping 25-percent from the same time last year to just $810 million.

Video game hardware saw the biggest blow, falling 36 percent from February 2012 at $244 million. Console and portable software sales across the physical retail channel were down 27 percent to $352 million.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was the top-selling console in February, marking the 26th straight month atop the U.S. console market.

Meanwhile, sales of Nintendo’s Wii U continue to suffer. After selling just 57,000 consoles last month, Nintendo’s overall sales rose 40 percent in February, according to NPD. Though that sounds nice, keep in mind that NPD considers January a five-week month, so Nintendo sold 11,400 per week in January. A 40 percent increase means that February (NPD counts it as a four-week period) sales were somewhere around 64,000, as Gamasutra reported.

Here were the top 10 games sold last month:

  1. Dead Space 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**
  3. Crysis 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  4. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)**
  5. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, 360)**
  6. Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013 (360, PS3, PC)**
  7. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)
  8. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  9. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, PSV)
  10. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)

Previously on GeekWire: Xbox chief: Main rivals are Nintendo, Sony, Apple and Google … but not Valve

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  • Garrett

    No one wants to spend $100-$300 on a console. They need to save it for the next Xbox or PS4. I don’t think the bottom is falling out of the console market.

    • guest

      Osborne effect doesn’t explain the falloff in SW. Apply some more intellectual horsepower before you comment.

      • Nathan O

        If the future consoles are not backwards compatible (which seems to be the case) then it would make a little bit of sense. Of course when I buy a game I’m not really thinking about whether or not I’m gonna play it a year down the road, but some people might. One way or another, it’s the end of a console cycle and sales numbers are bound to start falling. Too bad for Nintendo though

  • Brian Butt

    The $60 mediocre sequel is declining. More games are being downloaded then ever, though, but at $5 apiece via Steam, GOG, iTunes, etc. Deflation at work.

  • http://www.3dscardshop.co.uk/r4isdhc-3ds-c-11.html R4i SDHC 3DS

    Of course, the quality of games has been losing for some time. Game developers do not care to make the latest and greatest item they can. That’s way U.S. video game sales fell 25 percent in February.

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