The latest number from NPD Group paint a troubling picture for the gaming industry. In the month of September overall sales within the industry — including accessories, discs and consoles — in the United States fell 24% from $1.1 billion in 2011 to $848.3 million, CNET reports. Sales of gaming hardware alone tumbled 39% year-over-year to $210.9 million, while software sales decreased 18% year-over-year from $609.7 million to $497.4 million and accessories fell by 11% to $139.9 million. 

For the 21st consecutive month, Microsoft’s (MSFTXbox gaming console led the competition with 270,000 units sold. NPD analyst Liam Callahan believes that Nintendo’s recently announced Wii U system “has the potential to reinvigorate retail sales of hardware.” It should be noted, however, that NPD’s data does not account for used and digital sales, which are a growing part of the market. When accounting for all sales, consumer spending in the month of September eclipsed $1.6 billion.

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Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.