Looks like the recession is helping at least one industry. NPD Group reported that the video game industry turned in $5.53 billion dollars in sales for December, topping the results from last year by 4 percent!
Boring as all these statistics are, the bottom line is people spent a whole lot of money on video games last month. The previous record was set in December of 2008, which was the first time that sales went over $5 billion.
The Wii did the best, which is surprising since everyone pretty much wrote it off as being stalled out. Next up was the PS3, but it only beat out the Xbox 360 by a very small margin. The PS3’s unexpected comeback is credited to the launch of the PS3 Slim back in October, which has revitalized sales of the console.