US video game sales fell 4 percent in March

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 14 at 7:06 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An industry group says U.S. retail sales of video game systems, games and accessories fell 4 percent in March as game software sales declined.

Market researcher NPD Group said Thursday that March sales totaled $1.47 billion. That compares with $1.53 billion in March 2010.

Sales of gaming hardware such as the hand-held Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation 3 climbed 12 percent. NPD says the Nintendo DS was the best-selling system.

Sales of game software dropped 16 percent. Nintendo's "Pokemon White Version" was the best-selling title during March.

NPD does not include game downloads or online games in its monthly sales data, so the numbers can show a decline even if more people are playing.

Sales of gaming accessories such as Microsoft's Kinect motion controller rose 13 percent to $241.3 million.

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