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NPD: October video game sales rise 1 percent

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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.

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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:

Rank Title Publisher
1 Battlefield 3 Electronic Arts
2 Batman: Arkham City Warner Bros. Interactive
3 NBA 2K12 2K Sports
4 Rage Bethesda
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
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