March video game retail sales climb 6 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. retail sales of video games rose 6 percent in March to $1.52 billion, driven by strong sales of Nintendo's gaming system, new "Pokemon" games and Sony's "God of War III."

Market researcher NPD Group said Thursday hardware sales dropped 4 percent to $440.5 million in March compared with the same month last year. Game console prices are lower than they were at the same time last year.

Software sales jumped 10 percent to $875.3 million, NPD says.

It says sales for the year so far were down 7 percent at the end of March compared with the same three-month period last year.

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