American video game sales numbers for December are more or less out, which means it’s time face the harsh reality that is the games industry today.
Sadly, we don’t have any handheld numbers yet, so the chart above is fairly meaningless. The 360 was yet again the big winner, moving 1.7 million units, that was followed by the Wii at 1.06 million, and the PS3 at 936K.
It’s possible Nintendo hasn’t released 3DS and DS numbers out of laziness, but it could also be that the company is trying to hide something (and it certainly means the company has nothing to brag about).
The all knowing, all seeing Michael Pachter says a mere 6.3 million consoles were sold in December, which is way down from last December’s 8.4 million, so it seems everyone is hurting.
The biggest selling game of the month was Modern Warfare 3, followed by Just Dance 3, Elder Scrolls V, Mario Kart 7, and Battlefield 3. No numbers have been released for any of these. The rest of the top 10 was filled out by Madden 12, Assassin’s Creed, NBA 2k12, Mario 3D Land, and Arkham City.
As you can see, with the exception of the 3DS’s two biggest hitters, sales were dominated by giant, AAA, multi-console semi-casual bro-core titles (okay, I guess Just Dance 3 and Elder Scrolls V are exceptions too, but just barely). It’s time to pour one out for exclusives, another for small developers and publishers, a big one for Japan, and about 10 for innovation.