U.S. sales of video game hardware and software rose 13 percent in January from a year earlier, led by Nintendo's Wii console and DS handheld, according to market researcher NPD.
The results presented more evidence that even in the middle of a brutal economic downturn, U.S. consumers are willing to spend on video games.
Total industry sales in the month climbed to $1.33 billion, NPD said this week.
Video game software sales rose 10 percent to $676.6 million for the month, while hardware sales surged 17 percent to $445.4 million. Sales of accessories grew 11 percent to $209.8 million.
The Wii continued to be a hit with consumers, selling nearly 680,000 units, while the DS handheld system sold more than 510,000 units.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 sold 309,000 units in the month, while Sony's PlayStation 3 sold 203,000.
Nintendo also had the three biggest-selling games of the month, Wii Fit, Wii Play, and Mario Kart Wii. Electronic Arts' Left 4 Dead and Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: World at War rounded out the top five.