Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began holding a Winter Video Games Sale in a new retail initiative.
Discounted products include the Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Card, Assassin’s Creed III, Just Dance 4, Halo 4, Forza Horizon, and Sleeping Dogs.
NPD Group Inc. this month said U.S. video games sales in Dec. 2012 declined 22 percent to $3.21 billion from $3.10 billion one year prior.
Sales of video game hardware fell 20 percent and video games software and accessories sales fell 26 percent in the same period.
Sony and Microsoft are expected to release new console hardware in 2013. Nintendo released the Wii U console last fall.