NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories rose 1 percent to $1.08 billion in October, helped by sales of "Battlefield 3," market researcher NPD Group said Friday.
Battlefield 3 (EA)Hardware sales, which include game consoles such as the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii, rose 6 percent from October 2010 to $295.6 million.
Sales of software, or the video games themselves, rose 3 percent to $621.3 million.
That's well short of the 21 percent year-over-year increase that Cowen and Co. analyst Doug Creutz was expecting. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, meanwhile, was forecasting a 14 percent software sales growth.
When including PC games in addition to games for consoles and hand-held gaming devices such as the Nintendo DS, software sales rose 1 percent to $649.5 million.
"Battlefield 3," a military shooter from Electronic Arts Inc. was the month's best-selling game with just under 2 million units sold.
The top ten games of October 2011:
|1||Battlefield 3||Electronic Arts|
|2||Batman: Arkham City||Warner Bros. Interactive|
|3||NBA 2K12||2K Sports|
|5||Just Dance 3||Ubisoft|
|6||Dark Souls||Namco Bandai|
|7||Madden NFL 12||Electronic Arts|
|8||Forza Motorsport 4||Microsoft|
|9||Gears of War 3||Microsoft|
|10||FIFA Soccer 12||Electronic Arts|