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Game industry sales continue rough slide in April

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Even the DC universe's mightiest superheroes couldn't fight off yet another month of poor retail sales for the video game industry.

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(Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive)

April was the latest in a long string of sales disappointments, with brick and mortar sales of video game software falling 17 percent as compared to the same period in 2012. Hardware sales, predictably, were drastically lower as consumers start to save their money for the looming next-generation systems.

Sales of game consoles, in fact, were down 42 percent to $109.5 million, while game sales dipped to $254.3 million. Overall, the industry was down 25 percent compared to a year ago.

While Bioshock Infinite's Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth ruled supreme in March, they were unable to hold that crown for consecutive months. Injustice: Gods Among Us, Warner Bros. Mortal Kombat-style fighting game using superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, was the month's top selling title. Zombie action romp Dead Island: Riptide was a somewhat surprising runner-up.

Analysts had expected a much milder decline, hoping sales of Bioshock Infinite would stay stronger. Wedbush's Michael Pachter had called for a 2 percent decline.

Brick and mortar game sales have been a growing concern -- they haven't shown true growth since November 2011 -- and few expect any sort of significant turnaround until next year (though September is likely to spike higher, thanks to the expected release of Grand Theft Auto V).

Here's a look at the month's top selling titles:

Rank Title Publisher
1 Injustice: Gods Among Us Warner Bros. Interactive
2 Dead Island: Riptide Deep Silver
3 Bioshock Infinite Take 2 Interactive
4 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Activision Blizzard
5 Defiance Trion Worlds
6 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Nintendo
7 NBA 2K13 Take 2 Interactive
8 Skylanders Giants Activision Blizzard
9 Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins Nintendo
10 MLB 13: The Show Sony

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