Super Mario Galaxy 2 was one of the best-selling games in a dismal August for video-game makers. Last month turned out to be the worst August in four years for U.S. video game sales, NPD Group said in a report released Friday. Gamers spent $818.9 million on video-game hardware and software last month, down 10% from $910.3 million a year ago, according to the report.

Gamers scaled back on portable-gaming purchases, which fell 25% in August from a year earlier, and played more online games, which are often free, NPD Group says. Software revenue plunged 14% and hardware sales fell 5%. Sales for the year to date are also down, with revenue of $8.37 billion so far, off 8% from the same period last year, according to the report.

The industrywide decline may reflect cash-strapped consumers' movement from new games to used games -- which weren't tracked in the report -- or to free Internet games that are often played through social networks. Almost 57 million people have played a social-network game within the past three months, NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier said in a statement.

What games did well in the dismal August? Electronic Arts's (ERTS) new Madden NFL 11 was August's most popular title, with sales of 1.8 million games, including both its Microsoft (MSFT) Xbox 360 and Sony (SNY) PS3 versions, NPD says. Among older titles, Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy 2, which was released in May, sold the most.

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Not to much help since there are no new titles, nothing is really eye catching and new. It seems that the developers have just decided to take the easy route and improve graphics, controller configurations, and put a new package on the same engine. It is not rocket science here, if you want to sell a game for 70.00 then it better be worth the purchase. I wont buy a 70.00 game to play the same game with new pictures. For that cost i would rather just play the old one or go out. Halo will be out tomorrow, which i assume will be a big title for the month, but even that has been super disapointing in the past so i will skip that one too..

September 13 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow...people are finally putting their priorities in really is more important than XBOX games.

September 11 2010 at 9:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I know why. No developer wants to make quality games anymore. It definitely isn't like it was in the late 80s-mid 90s. I don't think there's anything out for any system that I don't already have. I can't even name 10 games that came out in the past 5 years that were that good.

September 10 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply