Port Washington, N.Y. – U.S. video game sales were down 6%
in June, to $1.1 billion, when an uptick in console sales could not offset
declines in sales of handheld systems and games across all platforms, according
to a report from market research firm NPD Group. Sales of game hardware were up
5% in June from a year ago, to $401.7 million, driven by "significant
increases in Xbox 360 and PS3 sales," NPD said.

Microsoft’s (NASD: MSFT) Xbox 360 led
all consoles with sales of 451,700 units in June, followed by Nintendo’s Wii
(422,500 units) and Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 3 (304,800 units).

The Nintendo DS
handheld sold 510,70 units last month, while Sony’s PSP moved 121,000 units.

software sales were down 15% in June, to $531.3 million.

Take-Two Interactive’s (NASD: TTWO)
"Red Dead Redemption" took the top spot for the second month in a row
with nearly 1 million unit sales; NPD notes that the game is now the year’s
best-seller to date.

Other titles in the sales top 10 included Nintendo’s
"Super Mario Galaxy 2" (548,400) and "New Super Mario Bros.
Wii" (200,900), and Ubisoft’s "Just Dance" (174,800).


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