SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. sales of video game hardware and software rose 13 percent in January from a year earlier, led by Nintendo Co Ltd’s Wii console and DS hand-held systems, market researcher NPD said on Thursday.
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.
Video game software sales rose 10 percent to $676.6 million while hardware sales surged 17 percent to $445.4 million. Sales of accessories grew 11 percent to $209.8 million.
Nintendo’s Wii continued to be a hit with consumers, selling nearly 680,000 units, while the DS hand-held system sold more than 510,000 units.
Microsoft Corp’s Xbox 360 sold 309,000 units in the month, while Sony Corp’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 Inc’s “Left 4 Dead” and Activision Blizzard Inc’s “Call of Duty: World at War” rounded out the top five.
Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Gary Hill