Variety reports that videogames jumped 57 percent in U.S. sales in the month of March, mainly due to the stellar sales of Nintendo games and systems.
Video game software sales jumped 63 percent from March 2007 to $945.6 million, blowing past analysts’ expectations. Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter, for one, had expected game software sales to grow 47 percent over last year.
Top sales in games were the March releases of Nintendo Wii’s “Super Smash Bros.” with 2.7 million copies sold. In 2nd place was “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2″ with 752,300 units. “Army of Two” by EA was right behind with 606,100 units sold.
Americans bought 721,000 Wiis during the month, 67 percent more than in February. The DS was the second best-selling system with 698,000 units, and Sony Corp.’s handheld PSP came in a distant third with 297,000.