NPD Group Canada: Halo 3 spurs Xbox 360 sales in Canada

According to NPD Group Canada, Halo 3 greatly spurred sales of the Xbox 360 in Canada. In September, Microsoft sold nearly twice as many video consoles (51,000) as it did in August (26,700). Even more interesting, the 360 was the top-selling video game console in September, displacing Nintendo's Wii, which has been on top since April. The 360 now has 39% of the Canadian market, followed by the Wii at 33%, Sony's Playstation 2 at 13% and the Playstation 3 at 12%.

Although there is no way to directly attribute the sales boost to the hotly awaited Halo 3 title, there "is little doubt" the game helped move consoles, NPD Group Canada director Darrel Ryce said. Halo 3 was also the top selling title for the month selling more than 134,500 copies, not including the collector's and legendary editions, which sold an additional 27,250 and 25,000 copies, placing fourth and six in sales respectively. Electronic Arts' NHL 08 for the 360 and the PS2 took the second and third spots, respectively, in sales for September.

News source: CBC News

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