- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - A market researcher says U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories slipped 4 percent in October.

NPD Group said Tuesday overall game sales were $1.07 billion last month, down from $1.11 billion in October of last year.

Hardware sales tumbled 26 percent to $280 million. NPD says that, with the exception of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, every gaming system saw a decline in unit sales.

Sales of game software, meanwhile, climbed 6 percent to $605 million. The basketball blockbuster “NBA 2K11” from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. was the month’s best-selling title. It was followed by the shooter “Fallout: New Vegas.”

NPD says sales of game accessories jumped 18 percent to $142 million.