Hereís some news the Beatles arenít used to hearing: they arenít selling very well. According to a new report released by a market research company that tracks the video game industry, the heavily promoted (and widely lauded) game The Beatles: Rock Band has not performed as well as other popular music games, and the genre as a whole appears to be on the decline.
The report, released Thursday by NPD Group, said that overall the gaming industry had its best month ever in December, racking up more than $5.5 billion in sales of software, consoles and other hardware, and that the popular first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has become the fourth best-selling game of all time.
For games that involve the use of plastic guitars instead of guns, however, the picture wasnít as rosy. The Beatles: Rock Band, which allows players to tap buttons along to the music of the Fab Four, has sold 1.18 million copies in the United States and 1.7 million copies worldwide since its release in September. By comparison, the music game Rock Band 2 sold 1.7 million copies in its first four months of release in 2008, and Guitar Hero: World Tour sold 3.4 million copies in that time. Guitar Hero 5, a franchise sequel released in September, has sold 996,000 copies so far.