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DS helps US game sales surge to $1.1 billion

The Nintendo DS was North America's best-selling games hardware during March, helping to boost overall sales in the market to a massive USD 1.1 billion.

The Nintendo DS was North America's best-selling games hardware during March, helping to boost overall sales in the market to a massive USD 1.1 billion (EUR 808m), compared to USD 818 million (EUR 601m) the previous year.

The hand-held sold 508,000 units according to the latest data from NPD, almost double that of Sony's PlayStation 2, which clocked up 280,000 units.

Despite limited supply due to manufacturing issues, Nintendo's Wii managed 259,000 units while Microsoft's Xbox 360 registered 199,000 units.

Sony's recently launched PlayStation 3 was the poorest selling next-gen console, with 130,000 units, while the PSP shifted 180,000 units.

Sales of game software reached USD 574 million (EUR 421m), up from USD 501 million (EUR 368m) in 2006, with Sony's God of War II a stand out title, shifting 833,000 copies.

Microsoft enjoyed success with two best-selling Xbox 360 titles — Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 sold 394,000 copies while Guitar Hero II managed an impressive 291,000 copies.

Wii Play was the best-selling Nintendo title with 273,000 units, while Sony's MotorStorm sold 199,000 copies making it the highest selling game for the PlayStation 3.

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