Retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories totaled $1.1 billion in March, which was down 25% from $1.47 billion a year earlier, according to The NPD Group. Even with the March 6 launch of "Mass Effect 3" by Electronic Arts, software sales were off 25% for the month, to $553.1 million. NPD noted that Nintendo launched its 3DS console in March 2011, which helped pump up hardware sales to $494.5 million that month.

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