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BioWare and Microsoft lead March sales

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The NPD group has released its video game sales report for March 2012.

According to the research firm, total revenue has dropped 25% year-over-year, a negative difference of $0.37 billion.

Microsoft sat at the head of hardware sales with 371,000 units sold. “The Xbox 360 is the best-selling console system for the last 15, and the best-selling hardware platform overall for the past eight months," said analyst Anita Frazier. Sony and Nintendo have not shared their respective sales figures.

BioWare's Mass Effect 3 dominated the software charts despite recent controversy, beating out Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

Mass Effect 3 sold more than twice as much as did Mass Effect 2 during its introductory month in January 2010," said Frazier.

The top 10 games based on units sold for March are as follows:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)**
  2. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360, PS3)**
  3. MLB 12: The Show (PS3, PSV) 3 Sony (Corp)
  4. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PC, PS2)
  5. SSX 2012 (360, PS3)
  6. Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3, 360)
  7. Mario Party 9 (Wii)
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
  9. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja (360, PS3)
  10. Major League Baseball 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PSP, PC, PS2)

Although Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure placed 15th, its character pack SKUs all ranked among the top 10 accessories for March.

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