Video game sales in the U.S. plunged 15% in February as skittish consumers continued to ratchet back their spending.
The bleak sales report from the NPD Group marks the 10th monthly decline in the last 12 months. Game sales fell to $624 million.
Console sales dropped 20% to $426 million, while sales of peripherals such as game controllers slipped 1% to $204 million.
The drop occurred despite three major titles released last month: BioShock 2 from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., Dante's Inferno from Electronic Arts Inc., and Heavy Rain from Sony Corp.
"Honestly, I had expected the industry to perform somewhat better this month," NPD analyst Anita Frazier said.
In the console race, Microsoft Corp. finished first by selling 422,000 Xbox 360s. Nintendo Co. came in second with 397,900 Wii consoles sold.