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Hardware sales down, software up

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It’s been a good year for videogames but a bad one for consoles.

According to market research firm NPD, sales of consoles and portable hardware declined 5.1% in unit volume and 18.5% in dollar volume between January and August compared to the year-earlier period. Software, however, was up 14% in volume and 5.7% in dollars.

As games are typically the biggest profit drivers for vidgame companies, news was overall positive for the industry. In addition, NPD predicted that lower prices — including a recent price cut by Nintendo of its Gamecube to just $99 — should help fuel a strong Holiday season.

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