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Next Gen.Biz: In-Depth: March NPD Review

Next-Gen.Biz writes: "Nintendo led the way with outstanding sales of Wii and DS, as Super Smash Bros. Brawl throttled competition in March. But as we pass by Q1, we see that Microsoft and Sony also made strides so far this year. Stats and graphs galore within...

Despite mounting concern over the state of the U.S. economy, the videogame industry is on a tear, according to the latest figures released by the NPD Group for March 2008 sales. First quarter revenue topped a record $4.2 billion, hardware and software sales are on fire, and it seems as though each month of the year has its own slate of truly big games.

In this month's column, we'll break down the figures and answer the following questions:

How much have game prices risen in the past two years? How much did those price increases contribute to the nearly $1 billion in software sales in March 2008?

Sony has sold over 800,000 PS3 systems in the U.S. this year. How long did it take Sony to sell that many in 2007? And how soon could the American Wii installed base catch up with the Xbox 360? Super Smash Bros. Brawl sold 2.7 million copies in March. How well does it stack up to the LTD sales of the previous Super Smash Bros. games?"

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