U.S. vidgame, hardware sales rise


U.S. sales of video games and hardware jumped 20% year-over-year in April to $839 million driven by strong demand for Nintendo Co.'s Wii console, but software sales alone droppped 1% to $390 million on a light release schedule, according to research firm NPD. The overall sofware and hardware figure was down from the $1.1 billion recorded in March. The Wii was the top-selling new console for the fourth month in a row, with Nintendo selling 360,000 units. Sony Corp. sold 82,000 units of its PlayStation 3, down 37% from the previous month, NPD said.