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StarCraft 2 explodes at US retail

Blizzard sequel helps PC game sales rise 103%

StarCraft II expectedly exploded at US retail last month, shifting 721,000 units in the region. Blizzard prints money.

Despite releasing just five days before the end of the month, NPD analyst Anita Frazier said the Blizzard RTS helped PC gaming swell by 103% in July. Not bad for less than a week, eh?

"While video game retail sales show a very slight decline versus last July, we have to consider the success of StarCraft II this month, which helped the PC games category to realize a 103 percent increase in dollars over last July," noted Frazier.

"PC games and video game industry sales combined for an increase of 4 percent in revenues as compared to July '09," she said.

It's all no surprise of course, as earlier this month StarCraft 2 was crowned the 'fastest-selling strategy game ever'. Check out our glowing review to find out why.

The total U.S. console retail game sales for July are as follows:

1. NCAA Football 11 (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360), 368,000
2. NCAA Football 11 (Electronic Arts, PS3), 298,000
3. Crackdown 2 (Microsoft, Xbox 360), 208,800
4. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, Wii), 193,000
5. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Warner Bros Interactive, NDS), 141,700
6. Red Dead Redemption (Take-Two Interactive, Xbox 360)
7. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Warner Bros Interactive, Wii)
8. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Nintendo, DS)
9. New Super Mario Bros Wii (Nintendo, Wii)
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard, Xbox 360)

[ SOURCE: Gamasutra ]