If it weren't for stereotypes, we'd say diehard gamers unplugged for a week of romancing and lovemaking to celebrate Valentine's Day last month, which would explain why NPD Group noted such a sharp decline in videogame sales in February. We don't condone stereotypes, but let's get real, February was just a crummy month for game sales and it had nothing to do with there being a day for lovers.
That wouldn't explain a 20 percent drop in sales from $1.33 billion in February 2011 to $1.06 billion a year later. Software was the worst offender, dropping 24 percent to $485.7 million, while non-PC hardware sales also took a double-digit hit, declining 18 percent to $381.4 million, according to NPD Group's data. Sales of accessories also fell into a funk, dropping 16 percent to $215.2 million compared to one year prior.
While NPD Group didn't say why sales fell so sharply, we can surmise it's not from a lack of awesome titles. The top 10 list of 10 games for February 2012 looks like this:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - Activision
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Xbox 360, PS3) - Square Enix
UFC Undisputed 3 (Xbox 360, PS3) - THQ
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - Electronic Arts
Just Dance 3 (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3) - Ubisoft
NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, PC) - Take Two