Traditional disc-based video games and game console sales slid 29% in June, continuing a decline for a seven straight month.
U.S. players spent $699.8 million on game discs, consoles and peripherals in June, down from $989.5 million a year earlier, according to estimates released Thursday by NPD Group Inc. Top titles for the month included "Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes" from Warner Bros. Interactive and "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier," an adventure shooter game from Ubisoft Entertainment.
Sales of console hardware were most severely hit, down 45% to $201.3 million. Sales of game software fell to $362.8 million, down 27% from $496.3 million last year.
One bright spot was an increase in sales of game accessories. Buoyed by a jump in sales of pre-paid cards that enable players to purchase online game content, the accessories category grew 4% to $169.8 million in June, up from $163 million a year earlier.