Video game sales in the United States slumped in January, new figures have revealed.
The consumer data provider, NPD group, said stores sold $1.14bn (£720m) worth of games over the month, down 34% on the previous year. It blamed a lack of new releases for the fall.
NPD analyst Liam Callahan said: “While the lack of new launches was a major reason for software declines, games which launched in the last three months of 2011 also performed poorly in January 2012, down 31% in units compared to fourth quarter launches in January 2011.
“As shoppers were not drawn to stores due to new launch activity, this potentially impacted additional software purchases made on impulse.”
Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the month’s best-selling title, followed by Just Dance 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and NBA 2K12.