Port Washington, N.Y. – Propelled by stronger console sales,
U.S. video game sales were up 3% in February from a year ago, to $1.36 billion,
according to a report from market research firm NPD Group. Sales of game
hardware were up 10% last month, to $467 million. While NPD no longer breaks
out such sales data, Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) said it sold 535,000 Xbox 360s during February
— a 27% increase from the same month a year ago — while Nintendo said it sold
454,000 Wii consoles.

The accessories category saw its strongest month on
record in February, up 22% to $257 million, led by sales of "points"
cards for online gaming services.

Sales of game software fell 10% last month, to
$601.4 million.

The top-selling game in February was yet again Activision’s (NASD: ATVI) "Call
of Duty: Black Ops," which has held that spot since its launch in November
and is now the best-selling game in history.

Other titles in the top ten
included Capcom’s "Marvel vs. Capcom 3," Ubisoft’s "Just Dance
2" and Take-Two’s "NBA 2K11."



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