Microsoft's Xbox 360 continues to dominate the US console game market. Today, Microsoft announced that according to data from the NPD Group it sold 270,000 units of the Xbox 360 console in the US during January 2012. Microsoft said this was the 13th straight month that the Xbox 360 was the number one best selling console in the US.
Overall revenues for the Xbox 360, including hardware, software and accessories, came in at $301 million for January 2012 in the US. Microsoft said those revenues amounted to a 49 percent share of the total current console generation for the month.
The game industry suffered a steep overall decline in retail revenues in January. IndustryGames.com reports that total revenues went down to $750.6 million for the month, compared to $1.14 billion for the same month in 2011. The NPD Group blames the lack of major new game releases in January as part of the reason for the sales decline.
The NPD numbers are for sales of retail games, consoles and accessories and do not include revenues from digital downloads of games, subscriptions, micro-transactions and other revenue streams.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 was the best selling game in the US for a third straight month; Just Dance 3 came in second followed by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in third place.