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FFXIII March sees God of War III, Pokemon, Bad Company 2 sell more than 1 million - NPD

04/16/2010 FFXIII March sees God of War III, Pokemon, Bad Company 2 sell more than 1 million - NPD

Four games platinum status as a domestic industry bounces back 6 percent; DS sells 700,800, Wii sold 557,500, 360 edges out PS3.

After a dismal year that saw only one monthly sales growth in the domestic market game in March came as lionand left, like a lion. Due to the large number of blockbuster releases, the total sales in non-PC game hardware, software and accessories for the month increased by 6 percent to $ 1.44 billion, according to NPD Group.

\\ "In terms of total revenue in March 2010 the third best non-holiday month for the entry for March 2008 to June 2008," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier in a statement.

Final Fantasy XIII sold 1.322 million units on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Hardware sales only dark spot, falling 4 percent to $ 440.5 million. In the console race, DS became the leader finisher with 700,800 units. In the surprising second was the Wii with 557,500 units, followed closely by last month 's top console , Xbox 360, with 338,400 units. PlayStation 3 has cost the fourth place, and 313,900 units, then PSP with 119,900 units, barely ahead of the almost 10-year-old PlayStation 2 '118300 units.

Sony 's God of War III helped sales in the U.S. not-PC software to shoot up to March, rising 10 percent to $ 875.3 million. PlayStation 3 with exclusive topped NPD top-10 with 1.1 million units in the first game for the platform Sony S 'I did it with Metal Gear Solid 4 in 2008.

Another multiplatform release that went platinum was a long, long, long awaited Final Fantasy XIII. Combined, the game sold 1.322 million units, moving 828,200 copies on the PS3 and 493,900 for Xbox 360. Square Enix, is likely to see the latter figure as evidence of his controversial decision to bring role-playing game from Microsoft 'the console outside of Japan.

Month 's last multiplatform game platinum Battlefield: Bad Company 2 of the Swedish studio DICE Electronic Arts'. First-person shooter opened with a bang, selling combined 1.276 million units. Xbox 360 version of the game came in the fourth on NPD top-10 with 825,500 million units, while the PS3 version of the trailer in the eighth with 451,200 units.

Completes the top 10 were two years of lighting diagrams - New Super Mario Bros (seventh) and Wii Fit Plus Balance Board bundle (ninth) - and MLB 10: The Show, Sony 's well-considered baseball sim for the PS3.

March 2010 U.S. GAME SALES

Total dollar sales
Games: 1.52 billion (+6%)
Hardware: $ 440.5 million dollars (-4%)
Software: $ 875.3 million (+10%)
Accessories: $ 206.8 million (+11%)

Sales equipment
DS: 700,800
Wii: 557,500
Xbox 360: 338400
PlayStation 3: 313,900
PSP: 119900
PlayStation 2: 118,300

TOP 10 games (by SKU)
Title / Platform / Publisher / Release Date / sold
1. The God of War III / PS3 / SCEA / March-10 / 1,1 million
2. Pokemon SoulSilver / DS / Nintendo / Mar 10 / 1,02 million
3. Final Fantasy XIII / PS3 / Square Enix / Mar 10 / 828200
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 / X360 / Electronic Arts / Mar 10 / 825500
5. Pokemon HeartGold / DS / Nintendo / Mar 10 / 761200
6. Final Fantasy XIII / X360 / Square Enix / Mar 10 / 493900
7. New Super Mario Wii / Nintendo / November / 09 / 457400
8. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 / PS3 / Electronic Arts / Mar 10 / 451200
9. Wii Fit Plus w / Balance Board / Wii / Nintendo / October / 09 / 429600
10. MLB 10: The Show / PS3 / SCEA / Mar 10 / 349200

Source: The NPD Group

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