The adventures of Booker Dewitt and Lara Croft were among a few bright spots in another down month for the video game industry.
Sales in March were down 10 percent compared to the same time last year, according to data from research firm NPD Group. The industry raked in $992.5 million last month in physical retail sales, and $1.9 billion when combined with digital sales, used game sales and game rentals.
Hardware was once again hit hard, as eager video game fans await a new wave of consoles to launch as soon as this year. Sales of hardware were down 32% from March 2012, NPD finds.
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For the 27th straight month, the Xbox 360 remains the top-selling console in the U.S., selling 261,000 in March. Neither Nintendo nor Sony disclosed sales information on the Wii, Wii U or PlayStation 3.
Nintendo's 3DS, which faces increased competition from Sony's PlayStation Vita and the smartphone and tablet market, seems to have gained momentum. Sales of the device were up 9%.
Software sales experienced a less significant drop, down 1 percent. First-person shooter BioShock Infinite and adventure Tomb Raider were the top two best sellers, followed by the Xbox 360 shooter Gears of War: Judgment.