By Associated Press Wednesday, January 23, 2008:
"News from the virtual world:
-SO MONEY: The U.S. economy may be limping, but one sector went into overdrive in 2007: the video-game industry. According to the market research firm NPD Group, retail sales of game hardware and software hit $17.94 billion last year, a 43 percent increase over 2006.
Hardware sales drove the surge, jumping 54 percent, and Nintendo reaped the most benefit. Americans bought 8.5 million Nintendo DS portables and 6.3 million Wii consoles, despite widely reported shortages of the latter."