Total physical videogame sales in the United States rose one per cent in October to $1.08 billion (£677.9 million) according to figures released by the NPD Group.
The market research firm attributes that modest rise to hardware sales, which rose six per cent year on year thanks to Xbox 360, of which sales climbed over 20 per cent. Nintendo's 3DS was the second-best selling hardware of the month, with combined sales of it and its DS predecessor up by more than 25 per cent year on year.
Software sales rose by three per cent, with Battlefield 3 the month's best-selling game with almost two million units sold, though NPD admits that figure would be significantly higher were digital sales included given the series' PC heritage. Batman: Arkham City was the second-best selling game in a month in which sales of the top ten rose 23 per cent.
The only decline was in accessories, with NPD putting a five per cent drop down to lower prices rather than lower sales.
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