The lights are on
Research firm The NPD Group has released their public report for January of 2013, and the news is grim as expected. With some accounting quirks accounted for, overall retail sales are down 13 percent year over year.
Because of the difficulty in lining up reporting periods against the actual calendar, every few years an extra week has to be added to a month. NPD chose January 2013 as that month, according to industry standards. Therefore this report goes from December 30 through February 2. While the absolute value of sales in this report is 9 percent higher than January 2012, normalizing it to a four-week figure results in the 13 percent drop that is more reflective of real-world purchasing trends.
Software was the roughest hit retail sector, cratering to the tune of a 19 percent year-over-year drop. Hardware was almost as bad at 17 percent down (though Xbox 360 once again led console sales). Accessories, thanks to the best-ever January for point cards and the continued domination of Skylanders figures, increased 4 percent over last year.
Ni No Kuni placed just outside the top ten at number eleven, and PS3 software overall did well by losing only 2 percent of its overall sales from January 2012.
And finally, the top ten for your viewing pleasure:
All physical games for me!
The only game I wanted in January was Ni no Kuni. Seemed like a slow month to me.
I live in New Zealand. I've had limited internet for the last year (40gb). I don't buy games digitally because it would waste too much of this internet, and I just prefer physical media. Usually I trial a game from a friend and if I like it I'll buy it (if it has replayability).
When I get unlimited soon I'll probably become a pirate. Oh well.
I'll still support Sony by buying ps3 games, but for pc it's harder to justify a purchase unless the multiplayer is really good.
wow. That's just sad...
I didn't buy anything that released, but I did buy a few older titles I had been missing from my collection :)
yeah, really, what has come out.. very poor framing of the stats. Are the people evaluating them politicians, spin baby spin... and yeah, I'm old school. I like hard copies, instruction manuals, and cover art. I have a shelf of titles from old systems.
If they think numbers are down now, wait until people are stuck with buy new or don't buy.. people will become real picky which could shut down numbers for games that are borderline interesting, fortunately the hackers will find a way to make sharing happen anyway.
The only game I bought in January was Ni no Kuni and it was money well spent. I'm still stuck on my last errand. God I hate the Master Alchemist errand. Anyway, none of the other January release interested me. Anarchy Reigns looks okay. As for DmC, I wrote that game off after the mudslinging from NT, Capcom, and critics alike. Plus it doesn't help that I'm not buying a Capcom product until an actual Megaman game is release. Don't care how good their offerings may be, I just want Megaman back.
January is the month everybody looks at their bank statement and realize how much they spent over the holidays with this oh sh!t look on their faces. Game devs know this that's why we don't see a lot of triple A games in the first few months of the new year.
Same goes for the Summer months too. People spend money on vacations with their kids on Summer brake form school. Devs know this, but this don't mean that physical media is going out anytime soon.