And although Wii sales aren't as strong as a year ago, game maker Nintendo is still posting a solid 2009.
A list of the year's 10 bestselling games through the end of November shows titles for the Nintendo Wii and DS filling six slots with 15.5 million units sold, more than 58 percent of the list's total sales.
But to re-create the strong sales of the past two years, video game makers will need more innovations, analysts say.
Some of the games on the horizon with big expectations include one in the works from Dahni Harrison, the son of the Beatles' George Harrison and developer of "Beatles: Rock Band."
Harrison is reportedly working to create a version of "Rock Band" that will teach players how to play guitar rather than just simulating the experience.
And Microsoft is said to be close to launching "Project Natal," a motion-sensor game controller for the Xbox that uses a motion-capture device.
"There's real promise in some of the new games," said Divnich, the analyst with Electronic Entertainment Design and Research. "But for the industry to show real strength again, these newer games will need to connect to a broader audience."