December is always a big month for video game sales, but this past one was the biggest month the video game industry has ever seen. Unfortunately, this hugely successful month, increasing 4% from last December, didn't make up for the drop occurring throughout the year.
Thanks to December 2009, sales almost caught up to the record breaking sales occurring in 2008, but came up short at $19.7 billion, compared to last year's $21.4 billion. Consumers helped Nintendo Wii hit an all time high, at 3.81 million consoles sold, only 2.15 million were purchased the previous year. Another console making the record books, Sony PS3, with 1.36 million units in 2009. It even surpassed Xbox 360 sales by 50,000 consoles. I never though i'd see that!
Software however, did not do as well in 2009. But on a good note, the Wii, expecting not to be as successful as it was, proved spectators wrong; 5 of the top 10 games were Nintendo Wii games. These titles included New Super Mario Bros., Wii Fit Plus, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Play w/remote, and Mario Kart w/wheel. Other top games included Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360), Assassin's Creed 2 (Xbox 360), and of course Modern Warfare 2, for both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Although sales may not have done as well in 2009, 2010 expects to be a rebuilding year for the video game industry, and with Project Natal expecting to hit Holiday 2010, there should be no problem achieving that goal.