LOS ANGELES (AP) -- U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories rose 0.4 percent to $3 billion in November, as sales of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" blew up last year's "Call of Duty: Black Ops" from the same company.
That's according to market researcher NPD Group.
Hardware sales, which includes game consoles and accessories, fell 9 percent to $982.4 million, mainly because the year-ago figures were boosted by the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s Kinect motion controller for the Xbox.
Sales of software -- that is, of the video games themselves -- rose 16 percent to $1.74 billion. That's much more than the 3 percent increase Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter was expecting.
"Modern Warfare 3," a military shooter from Activision Blizzard, was the month's best-selling game.
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