Really Angry Birds: Videogame Sales Drop 10%

Sales in June 2011 brought in $1.03 billion, down from the $1.1 billion in June 2010

It’s been a bad month for videogames, with total sales down 10 percent compared year-to-year with June 2010, according to a recent report by the NPD Group.

Total game sales, including consoles and software, totaled $995 million, down from the $1.11 billion brought in the month before.

Software sales were slightly more lucrative than hardware, at $469.5 million (down 12 percent over one month), and $366 million (down 9 percent). Meanwhile, video game accessories accounted for $158.9 million (down 11 percent).

As the industry moves towards increased online sales, more convenient summer games such as mobile apps represent a changing trend in online gaming.

Gaming revenue this year totaled $1.85 billion in the first quarter, according to a recent NPD Group release.

“L.A. Noire,” Take-Two Interactive’s 1947 LAPD detective game, sold the most June copies, with “Duke Nukem Forever” in second with 376,000 copies reported since its June 10 release.

Sony’s “Infamous 2” trailed behind in 3rd, and Disney’s “LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean" placed fourth. Nintendo’s “Legend of Zelda” ranked fifth, selling 283,000 copies.