Xbox again reigns supreme in U.S. console market

The console has taken the top spot for the 27th consecutive month, with gamers spending $402 million on Xbox hardware, software, and accessories during March.


Another month, another victory for Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Research firm NPD released its monthly game industry sales figures yesterday, revealing that, for the 27th consecutive month, the Xbox 360 was the top-selling console in March, beating out Nintendo's Wii U and Sony's PlayStation 3. According to Microsoft, it sold 261,000 units Xbox 360 units in the U.S. in March. Total consumer spending on all Xbox-related hardware, software, and accessories hit $402 million.

Once again, though, the game industry overall had a down month in March, generating just $992.5 million in physical sales. During the same period in March 2012, its sales were $1.1 billion. Hardware sales saw the steepest decline, dropping 32 percent to $221.6 million. Software sales were nearly flat, coming in just 1 percent down at $554.8 million.

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