Xbox 360 wins holiday season in U.S., marks two straight years atop market

The Xbox 360 is champ once again.

Microsoft’s console was the best-selling console in the United States last month, marking 24 consecutive months atop the video game market.

NPD research firm released its monthly December’s statistics and the Xbox 360 sold 1.4 million units last month. Even though that led all consoles, it’s an 18 percent year-over-year decrease from December 2011, when 1.7 million Xbox 360′s were sold.

More than $1.27 billion was spent on Xbox 360-related retail last month. The console also had seven of the top ten best selling software titles during the holidays: Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed 3, Just Dance 4, NBA 2K13, Far Cry 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Madden NFL 13.

It wasn’t a good month for the industry. NPD estimates the total consumer spend for physical retail sales across the industry in December to be $3.21 billion. That’s down 22-percent from $4.1 billion in December 2011. Hardware sales were also down 20 percent to $1.07 billion, while video game software (new physical sales from console and portable devices) was down 26 percent to $1.54 billion.

For 2012, the video game industry registered $13.26 billion in sales, down 22 percent from 2011, which was down eight percent from 2010.

Here are the best-selling games in December:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
  2. Just Dance 4 (360, PS3, Wii U, Wii)
  3. Halo 4 (360)
  4. Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
  5. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, Vita)
  6. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  7. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, PSP, PC)
  8. Skylanders Giants (360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS)
  9. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
  10. Fifa Soccer 13 (360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PSP)
And for 2012 overall:
  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
  2. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)
  3. Halo 4 (360)
  4. Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
  5. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, Wii U, PS3)
  6. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, Wii U, PC)
  7. Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC)
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
  9. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSV, PC)
  10. FIFA Soccer 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, 3DS, Wii U, PSP)

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  • Guest

    Congrats to Microsoft on continuing to dominate! I can’t wait to see the next generation Microsoft consoles (Microsonsoles) at this year’s E3. If seven-year-old hardware can win the race in 2012, 2013 will be no sweat for the Microsonsole.

    • guest

      As usual you’re focused on the wrong race. Console gaming was yesterday’s battle. MS still dominates PCs too. How that’s working out?

  • guest

    And still making almost no money. More than a decade investing in this dog. And for what?

    • http://twitter.com/M_Khalilian Michael Khalilian

      They are making tons of money off Xbox. Buts it’s not just about the money, it’s about branding and market share.

      • guest

        The entire division (of which Xbox is the dominant part) made just $19 million profit last quarter. Xbox itself is still about $5 billion in the red since it came to market more than a decade ago.
        Xbox has a decent brand and share versus Sony. But the real competitive threat in gaming and the living room is now Apple and to a lessor extent Google and perhaps Samsung. Xbox’s brand and share advantage is meaningless against those competitors.

        • guest

          have you tried using Samsung’s smart TV? if not, try surfing the web or accessing and navigating any of the pre-bundled apps that come with it. It is a horrible customer experience and not very usable. On second hand, have you tried the new SmartGlass integration with XBOX? It’s a phenomenal experience and allows TV experience to be fully extended to any smartphone (iphone, android, or WP) or Tablet (Surface, iPad, Android).

          • Guest

            Great job of ignoring the main topic and focusing on the peripheral.

          • guest

            SmartGlass doesn’t significantly alter the otherwise discouraging reality of the Xbox business. It’s mostly MS’s admission that smartphones and tablets are the future of gaming and home entertainment, not consoles, and MS needs a bridge because it’s no longer a significant player in either (having lost both to Apple and Google despite a decade’s head start).

  • Bill

    But falls behind PS3 in worldwide installed base.