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The games of retail: What U.S. shoppers have bought in 2012

Gamasutra, Matt Matthews- "Last week I focused on the first half of 2012: the U.S. retail video game industry sliced into its three primary segments (hardware, software, and accessories) and the big three platform owners (Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony).

Today I want to look at software specifically, and offer a comment on what I see as an important battle that will play out later this year.

First, I want to look at the U.S. top 10 retail game sales chart for June 2012 as released by the NPD Group. This covers the five-week period from May 27 through June 30. While I don't have precise figures for all these titles, I can offer some bounds that give us a general idea of how well things are selling in terms of units."

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