You just can't stop the Black Ops freight train.
The NPD has released the sales numbers for January, and overall sales for the industry fell 5%, down to $1.16 billion from $1.22 billion. Hardware fell the most, declining 8% to $324 million (well, not many tend to buy new consoles the month after Christmas), and as for software, sales fell 6% to $603.1 million. The top game was once again Call of Duty: Black Ops , followed by Just Dance 2 for the Wii and Dead Space 2 . The latter's #3 slot is impressive considering it was only available for one week in January (it launched on the 25th), and LittleBigPlanet 2 enjoyed a strong showing at #4. Only accessories managed to rise in January, with an increase of 6%; it's yet another month where accessories did well, and it's mostly due to PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Kinect.
PS3 software did well – obviously, LBP2 contributed – and Sony's official statement on the NPD results is as follows. This from Patrick Seybold, SCEA Senior Director of Corporate Communications:
"January’s NPD numbers, reflecting a 25% increase in PS3 software sales, demonstrate continued momentum for the PlayStation ecosystem. As the only system with both stereoscopic 3D and precision motion controlled gaming, PlayStation is delivering a new era of immersive entertainment fueled by the industry’s strongest content lineup. Next week, with the arrival of one of the most anticipated titles of the year, Killzone 3, consumers’ expectations for exhilarating 3D graphics and fast-paced PlayStation Move action will be further elevated in living rooms around the world."