Video game retailers didn't have a lot to celebrate in 2011.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)According to figures announced Thursday by The NPD Group, overall sales for the industry came in between $16.3 and $16.6 billion for 2011. That's down from $18.6 billion a year ago.
Physical retail sales, which make up the majority of software sold, were down 8 percent to $9.3 billion.
On the upside, though, hardware sales continued to show plenty of strength, climbing 9 percent, mostly on the strength of the Xbox 360, which led the industry for most of the year.Read More »from Video game sales down $2 billion in 2011