Retailer Inc. this week began holding a new Buy 2 Get 1 Free video game sale that discounts select software titles for console and handhelds.

Eligible titles include Mass Effect 3, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and Just Dance 3.

NPD Group Inc. in Mar. said video game sales totaled $1.06 billion, a 20 percent decline from the year prior.

Hardware sales totaled $381.4 million, a decline of 18 percent in year-over-year figures.

Software sales totaled $464.4 million, a decline of 23 percent from the year prior.

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 sold 426,000 units to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the month in figures provided by NPD Group Inc.

The ranking marks the 14th consecutive month the Xbox 360 has ranked as the No. 1 hardware in the states. In addition, the hardware held 42 percent share of total next-generation console sales.

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