After a long cold winter, video game sales perked up in March, posting a 6 percent gain to $1.52 billion, NPD reported in its closely watched monthly report.
It’s the first overall sales increase for the industry outside of a holiday season since February 2009, the firm said.
But year-to-date sales are still down 7 percent, to $3.96 billion.
Nintendo’s Wii and DS still sold the most units by far, and the Xbox 360 kept bragging rights over the PlayStation 3.
Here’s the monthly tally of U.S. console sales:
Xbox 360 338,400
Price cuts helped unit volume. Console prices were down 16 percent in March and software prices were flat.
Sony’s “God of War III” was the top selling game with 1.1 million copies sold, followed by Nintendo’s “Pokemon SoulSilver Version” with 1.02 million units sold.
The PS3 version of “Final Fantasy XIII” was the third best-selling title, outselling the Xbox version 828,200 to 493,900.
The reverse was true for fourth-ranked “Battlefield: Bad Company 2,” which sold 825,500 copies of its Xbox version and 451,200 for the PS3.
Here’s the top 10 list for March:
GOD OF WAR III PS3
POKEMON SOULSILVER VERSION NDS
FINAL FANTASY XIII PS3
BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 360
POKEMON HEARTGOLD VERSION NDS
FINAL FANTASY XIII 360
NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII WII
BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 PS3
WII FIT PLUS W/ BALANCE BOARD WII
MLB 10: THE SHOW PS3