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Microsoft claims to be the "leading console" in hardware sales for January 2011 with 381,000 units sold, and since no one else decided to share their numbers, we'll take the company at its word. Trying to piece together a cohesive picture of sales from the now-incomplete NPD Group data is challenging, as we have to rely on the companies themselves to self-report sales. If you don't have good news, you're going to keep your mouth shut.

On that note, check out the best-selling games for the month. Am I the only person that feels old?

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, WII, NDS, PC)
  2. Just Dance 2 (WII)
  3. Dead Space 2 (360, PS3, PC)
  4. Little Big Planet 2 (PS3)
  5. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (WII, 360, PS3)
  6. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PSP, WII, PS2, PC)
  7. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (360, PS3)
  8. Dance Central (360)
  9. Michael Jackson The Experience* (WII, DS, PSP)
  10. DC Universe Online: The Next Legend Is You (PS3, PC)

Look at all those dancing games! Dance Central for the Microsoft Kinect shows just how well Harmonix understands the hardware and what people want from this sort of experience. Indeed, it remains one of the few must-have titles for the platform. But how many of you have played any of these other dance titles? Should we be covering them? I'm honestly at a loss: this is one of those times where I feel like both my own tastes and our primary audience have very little to do with what the rest of the gaming universe is playing.

There is a big wide world out there, and people are spending hours each day dancing in front of their televisions. As rhythm games fall from grace, dancing games take their place.

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Nintendo had a good December, selling 2.5 million DS systems and 2.3 million Wii systems, taking the crown for most hardware sold in calendar 2010. That sounds great, until you realize the DS and Wii sold 3.31 million and 3.81 million units respectively in December 2009. Microsoft has much more to brag about, as the Xbox 360 is the only console to see growth year over year, with 42 percent higher sales in 2010 than 2009.

$6.2 billion was spent at retail on Xbox 360 hardware, games, and accessories, making it the console earning the most consumer dollars for the year. 1.9 million pieces of hardware were sold in December—the most successful month for Microsoft since the launch of the system. Nintendo may have come out on top, but sales of the Wii and DS are sliding from last year, while the Xbox 360 is gaining momentum. That's an impressive achievement after so many years of availability. It's also worth pointing out that Microsoft claimed to be supply constrained during December, so the sales might have been higher if systems had been in great supply

The other major success story was Call of Duty: Black Ops, selling a staggering 12 million copies in the US year to date, doubling the sales of the second-best-selling game Madden '11. Software sales were down 5 percent from 2009, but that number only accounts for physical sales. Overall though, the industry is hopeful about the future. "December 2010 represented one of the strongest monthly performances the industry has ever had at retail," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. "It was a robust finish to a year marked by innovation and engaging millions of consumers through a multitude of delivery models.”

So there you go.

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Nintendo had a good December, selling 2.5 million DS systems and 2.3 million Wii systems, taking the crown for most hardware sold in calendar 2010. That sounds great, until you realize the DS and Wii sold 3.31 million and 3.81 million units respectively in December 2009. Microsoft has much more to brag about, as the Xbox 360 is the only console to see growth year over year, with 42 percent higher sales in 2010 than 2009.

$6.2 billion was spent at retail on Xbox 360 hardware, games, and accessories, making it the console earning the most consumer dollars for the year. 1.9 million pieces of hardware were sold in December—the most successful month for Microsoft since the launch of the system. Nintendo may have come out on top, but sales of the Wii and DS are sliding from last year, while the Xbox 360 is gaining momentum. That's an impressive achievement after so many years of availability. It's also worth pointing out that Microsoft claimed to be supply constrained during December, so the sales might have been higher if systems had been in great supply

The other major success story was Call of Duty: Black Ops, selling a staggering 12 million copies in the US year to date, doubling the sales of the second-best-selling game Madden '11. Software sales were down 5 percent from 2009, but that number only accounts for physical sales. Overall though, the industry is hopeful about the future. "December 2010 represented one of the strongest monthly performances the industry has ever had at retail," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. "It was a robust finish to a year marked by innovation and engaging millions of consumers through a multitude of delivery models.”

So there you go.

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The July video game sales numbers for the United States have been released, and Microsoft enjoyed some huge gains. This is what happens when you release a smaller system with much-needed built-in wireless for a good price. The Xbox 360 was the best-selling system of the month, with 443,500 units sold.

How did the rest of the systems do? In order:

  • Xbox 360: 443,500
  • Nintendo DS: 398,400
  • Nintendo Wii: 253,900
  • PlayStation 3: 214,500
  • PSP: 84,000

It's not all terrible news for Sony; that number represents a boost for the PlayStation 3 over 2009. "The PS3 and the Xbox 360 platforms both saw significant increases over July '09," NPD analyst Anita Frazier wrote. "In fact, Xbox 360 was the top-selling hardware platform for the month, driven by sales of the new slim format SKU. It's the first time since September '07 (Halo 3 launch) that the 360 was the top-selling hardware platform."

These numbers are endlessly spinnable, and of course Nintendo gamely explained how it won. "Nintendo sold more than 650,000 video game systems in July—more than any other company," the company announced. "These tallies bring the 2010 US sales totals through the end of July for Nintendo DS to more than 3.4 million and Wii to more than 2.71 million."

Video game sales dropped 8 percent from July last year, with sales of $8.18 billion in 2009 and $7.51 billion in 2010.

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