June video game retail sales drop 10 percent

By the Associated Press | July 14, 2011 | 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A market research firm says U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories dropped 10 in June to $995 million compared with the same month a year ago.

The NPD Group said in its monthly report Thursday that sales of video game hardware fell 9 percent to $366.6 million. That includes hand-held game systems and gaming consoles like the Wii.

Sales of software, the games themselves, dropped 12 percent to $469.5 million.

Sales of game accessories declined 11 percent to $158.9 million.

Among the month's best-selling games were "L.A. Noire" and "Duke Nukem Forever." Both are published by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.