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Mass Effect 3, Operation Raccoon City Were March’s Top Sellers In U.S.


    The games industry was down 25% in sales this past March as compared to March 2011, the NPD Group reports. All hardware saw a decline in sales versus last March, although NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, adds that the high-definition consoles fared better than others. The Xbox 360 remained in the lead with 371,000 units sold in March, which accounts for 40% market share.


    The top-ten selling games in March were as follows:


    01.Mass Effect 3PS3, 360, PCElectronic Arts
    02.Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon CityPS3, 360Capcom
    03.MLB 12: The ShowPS3, PSVSony
    04.NBA 2K12PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2Ubisoft
    05.SSX 2012
    PS3, 360Electronic Arts
    06.Street Fighter X TekkenPS3, 360Capcom
    07.Mario Party 9WiiNintendo
    08.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3PS3, 360, Wii, PCActivision Blizzard
    09.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm GenerationsPS3, 360Namco Bandai
    10.Major League Baseball 2K12PS3, 360, Wii, PC, NDS, PSP, PS2THQ


    Mass Effect 3, which was the best-selling game for the month “sold more than twice as much as did Mass Effect 2 during its introductory month in January 2010” according to Frazier.


    Additionally, while it isn’t in the list above, Nintendo’s Kid Icarus: Uprising sold well, too. While the NPD Group doesn’t provide numbers for individual titles anymore, Frazier says that the game was in the top-10 individual SKUs (single platform) for the month.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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