March NPDs: YOY sales down, Xbox 360, Mass Effect 3 victorious

March’s NPD figures are in, and it’s more doom and gloom for the US industry as a whole.

Sales totals were at $1.1 billion, down a whopping 25 percent compared to the same period on 2011.

Hardware was down 35 percent ($323.5m) while non-PC software followed with a 25 percent decline ($553.1m). This means that 2012 is yet to see a month of positive year-over-year growth.

There’s good news for some though; Xbox 360 was the most-sold console for the 15th month in a row now. Microsoft must be pleased.

EA gets a piece of the happy pie as well, with Mass Effect 3 taking top honors on the software chart. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City came in second.

Full top 10 below:

Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360, PS3)
MLB: The Show (PS3, PSV)
NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
SSX 2012 (360, PS3)
Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3, 360)
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations (360, PS3)
Major League Baseball 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PSP, PC, PS2)