NPD: Behind the Numbers, March 2010

Gamasutra: As expected, the U.S. retail video game industry returned to growth with the release last week of March 2010 sales figures by the NPD Group. Outside of December 2009 – when revenues grew by a modest 3.9% – and September 2009 – when revenues were flat – the industry has experienced mostly double-digit year-over-year declines.

Simultaneously Sony's PlayStation 3 has finally demonstrated that it has the strength to dominate the software scene. Consider this simple comparison: more money was spent on PlayStation 3 software in March 2010 than November 2009, even though the latter is one of the biggest shopping months of the year.

However not all is well in Sony's house, as its PlayStation Portable (PSP) was bested by the Nintendo DS platform by a nearly 6-to-1 margin in hardware units and an 8-to-1 margin in software dollars.

Below we'll cover all these nuances beneath the top-line figures and try to provide some insight into where the industry will go from here.

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