A new basketball game and a sequel to the combo game/toy line "Skylanders" were two spots of good news in what was otherwise a grim month for the video game business.
Take-Two Interactive's "NBA 2K 13" was the best-selling video game during October, according to the NPD Group, and outsold last year's "NBA 2K 12" by more than 60%.
Activision Blizzard's "Skylanders: Giants" was only the No. 10 game, but outsold last year's "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure" during its first month on sale. More impressively, sales of toys that players can use to activate characters in the game were four times as high as the same period last year. As a result, sales of video game accessories were up 5% to $136 million, the only category to rise.
Overall sales of video game software dropped 25% in the U.S. to $452 million. Including consoles and accessories, video game industry revenue fell 25 % to $756 million.