Games Industry Down 5 Percent In January (But Kinect Is Doing Fine)


Everybody panic. The video game industry was down 5 percent this past January compared to January 2010, even if Activision still managed to sell an inordinate number of Call of Duty: Black Ops copies.

It’s hard to look at NPD data these days given its recent policy of not releasing its information as frequently as it used to.

Here’s your January 2011 top ten:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard) – Xbox 360, PS3, Wi, DS, PC
2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) – Wii
3. Dead Space 2 (Electronic Arts) – Xbox 360, PS3, PC
4. Little Big Planet 2 (Sony) – PS3
5. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Majesco) – Wii, Xbox 360, PS3
6. NBA 2K11 (Take-Two Interactive) – Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, PC
7. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft) – Xbox 360, PS3
8. Dance Central (MTV Games) – Xbox 360
9. Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft) – Wii, DS, PSP
10. DC Universe Online: The Next Legend Is You (Sony) – PS3, PC

Probably most impressive on the list is Dead Space 2. It only came out on January 25, and yet it still managed to grab the third-place spot. EA sold 425,000 copies in just about a week.

Another proud showing was DC Universe Online, but as we all know Warhammer Online did quite well its first few months then all but fell off the planet soon after.

As far as hardware goes, Microsoft says it shipped some 14 percent more 360s this January compared to last January.

Must be all those people buying Kinect, which has done quite well for itself. In fact, peripherals in general were the biggest “winners” in January, shooting up a solid 6 percent from the previous January.

March is shaping up to be a pretty big month. Crysis 2 (which just became available via Stream for pre-order), Dragon Age 2, Total War: Shogun 2, Need for Speed Shift 2, Pokemon Black and White, and the 3DS. Maybe if I could slow down time I’d have the time to play all these.