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US Xbox 360 sales top PS3, Wii for 20th straight month

While 3DS XL release helps boost handheld sales for Nintendo

Xbox 360 outsold PS3 and Wii for the 20th consecutive month in the US during August.

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Microsoft's console shifted 193,000 units last month in the States, representing a 48 per cent share of current gen console sales, according NPD data passed along by Microsoft.

While it didn't release any actual sales figures, Nintendo said August 3DS hardware sales grew more than 36 per cent over July's total, while 3DS software sales increased by more than 68 per cent during the same period.

NPD analysts Anita Frazier also said of August's sales: "Of the platforms that were on the market last August, none realized a year-over-year sales increase. However, compared to July 2012, the 3DS and the PS3 both experienced unit sales increases in August.

"The 3DS XL launched on 8/19 and represented 44 per cent of total 3DS unit sales, which is noteworthy given the fact that only seven days of 3DS sales are captured in this report.

"The current hardware systems are showing their age, so it goes without saying that it would be great to have new systems breathe life into traditional retail industry sales," she added. "I am anxious to learn more about the Wii U launch later this month. And with any luck we will hear news about other systems on the horizon."

Darksiders 2 was the best-selling game in the US in August.

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