NPD Group is reporting game sales for January dropped thirteen percent compared to last year, reports Reuters.  Sales fell for both hardware and software.  Hardware sales dropped sharply, down 21 percent from last year to $354 million.  The category was led by Nintendo systems, with Wii selling approximately 466,000 units and DS selling 422,000.  Microsoft’s Xbox 360 followed with about 333,000 units, while Sony trailed among current generation consoles with PlayStation 3 selling only 277,000 units.  Game software sales for January were $598 million, a twelve percent decline in month-over-month comparison.  Game sales were topped by Nintendo s New Super Mario Bros. and EA s Mass Effect 2.   The only category to get a bump was accessories, which rose two percent to $217 million.  Reuters cites an investor note from Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter in advance of NPD’s monthly sales report, where he predicts the hardcore gamer will carry 2010 for game sales.  Read more at Reuters.

Edge-Online also reports on NPD s monthly report for game sales, listing out top ten sellers with units sold.  Check it out at Edge-Online {link no longer active}.