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Xbox 360 tops US sales chart

Microsoft Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 is sitting pretty

Research firm NPD Group has released the US games console hardware and software sales chart for January 2012, showing that the Xbox 360 is top of the pile.

Overall there was a decline in software, hardware and accessory sales compared to January 2011.

Commenting on the results, NPD analyst Liam Callahan said: "January retail performance experienced steep declines with a lack of software launches, and poor Hardware and Accessory performance."

He also noted that by comparison, January 2011 was an unusually busy month for games releases, which included LittleBigPlanet 2, Dead Space 2 and DC Universe Online.

Microsoft needs no consoling

The Xbox 360's sales victory comes after Microsoft sold a staggering 270,000 of the consoles in January 2012. Microsoft claims that last month's success makes it 13 months in a row that the Xbox 360 has been top of the US sales chart.

Overall, the top ten best-selling software titles for January 2012 were:

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
2. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC)
4. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, PC)
5. Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
6. Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2)
7. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
8. Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Wii, 3DS, 360, PS3, PC)
9. Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)
10. Saints Row: The Third (360, PS3, PC)