Port Washington, N.Y. – U.S. video game sales totaled $1.17
billion in January, down 13% from the same period a year ago during a typically
slow month for the industry, according to a report from market research firm
NPD Group. Sales of video game hardware fell 21% from last January, to $353.7
million; Nintendo’s Wii led with 465,800 in sales, followed by Microsoft’s (NASD:  MSFT) Xbox
360 (332,800 units) and Sony’s (NYSE:  SNE) PlayStation 3 (276,900 units).

Game software
sales were down 12% for the month, to $597.9 million.

The top-selling game in
January once again was Nintendo’s "New Super Mario Bros. Wii" (656,700
units), although Electronic Arts’ (NASD:  ERTS) "Mass Effect 2" racked up 572,000
in sales during the month despite coming out on Jan. 26.


Other titles in the
top ten included Activision’s (NASD:  ATVI) "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" (585,700
units), Electronic Arts’ "Army of Two: The 40th Day" (246,500 units)
and Ubisoft’s "Just Dance" (191,900 units).


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