The best selling games platform in the US last year was the Nintendo 3DS, US numbers company NPD has revealed.

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The plucky handheld outsold every other format when looking at year-long totals, ShackNews reported, although last month's figures showed a strong performance by both new next-gen consoles.

Xbox One edged out PlayStation 4 in December sales, although Sony's machine is still cumulatively ahead. Sony has blamed the PS4's December dip on it being out of stock "due to overwhelming demand".

December also saw Wii U reach its highest monthly sales total to date, likely buoyed by the launch of Super Mario 3D World.

Grand Theft Auto 5 was the US' best selling game of 2013, followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, Madden 25, Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.

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