Total industry spending for video game hardware, software, and accessories from March 4 through April 7, 2018 decreased 11 percent to $1,316 million compared to last year, according to analysis from The NPD Group.
Video games hardware sales compared to the same period last year decreased 32 percent from $485 million last year to $331 million this year; video games software decreased 10 percent from $682 million last year to $613 million this year; and video games accessories increased 20 percent from $310 million last year to $372 million this year.
“March 2018 spending across video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards fell 11 percent when compared to a year ago, to $1.3 billion. Gains in game card and accessories spending were offset by declines in software and hardware.” says Mat Piscatella, NPD’s video game analyst.
The top 10 best-selling games for the period based on dollar sales in March across all platforms are Far Cry 5, Sea of Thieves, MLB 18: The Show, Kirby Star Allies, Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: WWII, Mario Kart 8, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, NBA 2k18, and Monster Hunter World.