US retail numbers down again

Black Ops 2 tops January chart.

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January was a "leap month" in the latest NPD Group report on US video game sales - so moderate upswing (+9%) was actually a decline if you look at weekly numbers (five weeks instead of four weeks in 2012). And given how weak 2012 was compared to 2011 and 2010, there seems to be no stop to the downwards trend.

The best selling game of the month was Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, followed by Far Cry 3 and Just Dance 4. DMC Devil May Cry managed to come in at sixth.

The only category to show actual growth was the peripherals category where Xbox Live renewals and Skylanders figurines accounted for much of the growth.

Much interest surrounds Wii U and its perceived slow start. And while NPD don't release hardware numbers in public anymore, Gamasutra extrapolated that Wii U sold "between 45,000 and 59,000 units" - not only worse numbers than Wii at the same time, but also worse than any month recorded by Playstation 3, Wii or Xbox 360. This comparison may not be entirely fair as the market has decreased significantly over the last few years, but it is obvious the Wii U needs to make a strong comeback soon (like Nintendo 3DS) or it runs the risk of being overshadowed once Sony and Microsoft get their consoles out. Gamasutra also noted that multiformat releases on Wii U aren't doing very well at all.

Top 10 US Software (January):

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
2. Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
3. Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)
4. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
5. Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)
6. DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360)
7. Halo 4 (360)
8. Assassin's Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
9. Skylander Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)
10. FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)

US retail numbers down again

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