Game Sales Fall 25 Percent in March Despite Hot Sales of Mass Effect 3

Video game sales fell 25 percent in March, with total industry sales falling to $1.10 billion from $1.47 billion a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group. That happened despite the launch of sci-fi blockbuster Mass Effect 3 from Electronic Arts on March 6.

The poor performance in March was a little better percentage-wise compared to February, when sales fell 20 percent, and January, which was down 34 percent year-over-year. Both January and Feburary had light release schedules for core console games, but March had some big releases this year.

In March, hardware sales

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