The $13.1 billion in 2014 is far short of the $21.4 billion in industry sold in 2008, but it's a much different gaming world today. At that time, the Nintendo Wii was a full-fledged phenomenon, attracting a new audience to the video game world, and there was virtually no competition from mobile game systems from Apple or Google.
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Activision was the year's big winner among major publishers. Its "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" was the best-selling game of both December and the year. The company also held the No. 3 and No. 10 slots in the year's top-selling games with "Destiny" and "Call of Duty: Ghosts."
Electronic Arts had two games in the annual top 10. "Madden NFL 15" was the second-best selling title, while "FIFA 15" came in at ninth. Take-Two Interactive Software also had two: "Grand Theft Auto V" in fourth and "NBA 2K15" in seventh.
NPD also does not supply exact sales figures for software titles.
The sales numbers follow Tuesday's announcement by game retailer GameStop that same-store sales were up 4.4 percent in December, driven by high demand for "Call of Duty," "Grand Theft Auto V" and "Far Cry 4."
"During the holiday period, consumer demand for video games was strong, resulting in new software sales growth," said GameStop CEO Paul Raines. "We expect that trend to continue into the first quarter."
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