As Take-Two announces that more than 1.7 million copies of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion have now been shipped, market research firm NPD has reported that it's the fastest-selling Xbox 360 game released so far in North America.

Those figures are specifically for shipments, rather than representing the actual number of copies sold at retail; Take-Two has yet to confirm sell-through figures for the game, which debuted in the UK charts at number one before being knocked off the top spot a week later by EA's The Godfather.

However, according to US market data firm NPD, Oblivion was also the best-selling PC game for March in the region - followed closely by the Collectors' Edition - and accounted for around 13 per cent of all PC game sales in the first week of its release.

"The development team at Bethesda promised and delivered the first true next generation role playing game experience," commented Take-Two president and CEO Paul Eibeler.

"We are very encouraged by the worldwide consumer demand for Oblivion."

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