Software Sales Monitor: Market generates £12.7m

The arrival of several big new releases wasn’t enough to help grow the market week-on-week, with the UK games retail market value falling 14 per cent to 12.7m.

Unit sales also dropped 12 per cent to 535,578 for the week ending February 11th.

EA’s fantasy RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was the best-selling video game of the week, though it was a close call between Final Fantasy XIII-2 which dropped to No.2. Horror shooter The Darkness II debuted at No.3.

So far the boxed market has generated 27.6m from game sales in February. If the current sales trend continues, you can expect a slight dip in revenue this month over January’s total 59.2m value, which itself represented a 30 per cent drop over December 2011.

One new launch hoping to reverse the downturn is Sony’s PlayStation Vita, which arrives next week (Wednesday, February 22nd). This should help lift the market after a string of disappointing weeks.

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