Port Washington, N.Y. - Video game sales dropped 13 percent in January, when compared with dollar sales in the prior-year period, according to The NPD Group.
January 2010 sales of video games were $1.17 billion, down from $1.34 billion in 2009. Hardware sales were $353.7 million, down 21 percent from the prior year's $446.8 million.
Software sales dropped 12 percent, from $682.6 million in 2009, to $597.9 million in 2010.
Video game accessories sales were the lone growth category, showing a 2 percent increase in sales. January sales were $217 million, up from $211 million in the prior-year period.
The Wii was the most popular hardware unit for the period, followed by the Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation Portable.