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April 15, 2010 at 3:35 PM

NPD: Video game sales crawl back, up 6 percent

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:

PS2 118,300

PS3 313,900

PSP 119,900

Xbox 360 338,400

Wii 557,500

DS 700,800

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

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