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March 2019 sales reached $1.2 billion. Hardware, software, accessories, and game cards all posted YOY declines.
First-quarter spending across all video game industry categories reached $3.2 billion, falling 2% compared to the same period last year.
March console, portable, and PC games software spending reached $547 million, falling 11% versus March 2018.
First-quarter sales of console, portable, and PC video game software totaled $1.5 billion, 2% higher than last year.
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March hardware spending fell 15% YOY, ending the month at $282 million.
First-quarter hardware spending declined 13% to $759 million.
Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in March and the first quarter across both unit and dollar sales.
March accessories and game cards spending fell 7% to $349 million.
First-quarter spending on accessories and game cards increased 2%.
The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (Black) is the best-selling gamepad of 2019 to date, in both unit and dollar sales.
Source: The NPD Group/Games Total Physical Sales, YTD March 2019 with year-over-year comparison