June swoon for video games

Sales drop 31%, most in nine years

The crummy economy that has crushed the fortunes of traditional media also is taking its toll on video games, with U.S. sales plunging 31% in June, the biggest drop in nine years and the fourth straight month that showed a decline.

Research Group NPD said Thursday that year-over-year June sales of game software fell 29% to $625.8 million, hardware dropped 38% to $382.6 million and accessories fell 22%.

Nintendo's Wii still dominated the charts even while sales of the console fell 46% to 361,700 units, more than the combined sales of Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation 3 combined.

Although sales of the PS3 fell 59% to 164,700, sales of the Xbox rose slightly to 240,600.

"Prototype," from Activision Blizzard for Xbox 360, was the top-selling game in June, followed by "UFC 2009 Undisputed" from THQ, also for Xbox 360.

Falling out of the top 10 for the first time in 29 months was "Wii Play," which is a collection of family games on a single disk that is packaged with an extra Wii remote.