Brisk pre-holiday sales of key blockbuster games and consoles were little help to the overall U.S. video game market, as sales plunged 11 percent in November from the same period in 2011, according to data from NPD Group.
The introduction of new Nintendo Wii U, as well as record-setting sales of popular titles such as "Halo 4" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" failed to excite a market that saw sales fall across all major categories.
The soft figures may reflect changing consumer preferences, with the rising popularity of mobile device games posing an increasing competitive threat to traditional software and gaming units.
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