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According to the video game industry analysts at the NPD Group, Call of Duty: Black Ops is now the top-selling video game ever released, pushing Wii Play down to number two in history. COD: Blops was the top-charting game in February, as it has been every month since it was released back in November.
There were fewer new game releases in February 2011 vs. February 2010, but those new releases were more productive, selling more on average than the new releases did last year.
The "winning" console of the month? The Xbox 360 which had its biggest non-holiday sales month ever, surpassing September 2007 when Halo 3 launched. The 250 GB system bundled with the Kinect sensor was one of the drivers of the increase in average selling price among console hardware. All three major console systems boasted a unit sales increase over last February, though.
NPD reports that sales of both hardware and software were strong in February compared to the previous year. The market was up 12% in dollar sales across hardware, software, accessories, and game cards, but handheld system sales were down versus February 2010 by 27%. The theory is, handheld console sales are down because everyone is waiting until both Nintendo and Sony release their next model take-a-longs. Next month, sales of the Nintendo 3DS will boost sales.