We've known since late January that Nintendo had scaled back expectations for the early 2013 performance of its recently launched Wii U. But now, US sales numbers for the system in first month of the year are beginning to leak out and it's clear that Nintendo's latest system is suffering from a monumental post-holiday slump.

While NPD no longer releases US hardware sales data every month, a representative for the tracking firm told Gamasutra that US sales in the system's first three months were down 38 percent compared to the same period for the Wii. That would mean the Wii U has sold approximately 940,000 units through January in the US.

Combine that with the 890,000 Wii U units Nintendo has said were sold in November and December of 2012, and you get a US sales figure of about 50,000 in January alone. That gels with reports from others sources with access to NPD's internal data, who claim the Wii U sold "well under" 100,000 units for the month.

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It's NPD time again, and for the month of June there was very little in the way of surprises for video game hardware and software sales. Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption continues to be a big seller, while the Wii dominates the top 10 list and the Xbox 360 sees a big boost. Let's take a look at the numbers.


For the second month in a row the top selling game is the 360 version of Red Dead Redemption. In its second month the game managed to move around 580,000 units. The only other 360 game to chart in the top 10 was UFC 2010: Undisputed, which took the number eight spot. Meanwhile, in terms of hardware, the 360 came in second, trailing only the Nintendo DS, moving an estimated 450,000 consoles. That's up by over a quarter of a million from last month. This jump is no doubt due to the recently released slim version of the 360.


When it comes to software, the same exact two games made the chart for Sony, though in lower positions. The PS3 version of RDR took the third spot, selling around 380,000 copies, while UFC 2010: Undisputed on the PS3 took the tenth spot. As for hardware, the PS3 and PSP took the fourth and fifth spots respectively, though both saw sales increases compared to last month. The PS3 sold 304,000, more than doubling last month's numbers, while the PSP moved 121,000 handhelds, for an increase of 60,000.


The rest of the software chart was unsurprisingly dominated by Nintendo games. Super Mario Galaxy took the second spot with nearly 550,000 units sold, while New Super Mario Bros. Wii (4), Just Dance (5), Wii Fit Plus (6), and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (9) round out the list. The lone DS game to chart was Toy Story 3, which placed in the number seven spot.

The DS continues to dominate the hardware sales numbers, taking first spot with over 500,000 units sold. The Wii, meanwhile, was the only console to see a drop in sales compared to last month. It placed third with 422,000 units sold, down 87,000 from May.

The introduction of the slim 360 clearly had a big impact on sales, though not quite enough to push the system past the DS. Or much ahead of the slumping Wii, for that matter. Meanwhile, RDR continues to sell steadily, on both the 360 and the PS3. In its first two months the game has sold nearly 2.5 million copies across both systems. June also marks the month that Pokemon has finally dropped out of the top 10, though with the recent release of Dragon Quest IX, it may not be long before we see another DS RPG make the list. Overall, the game industry is down 9 percent year-to-date versus 2009. 

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