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NPD: ME2 helps 360 overcome PS3

But Nintendo is still ruler of all.

Xbox 360 sold comfortably more units than PlayStation 3 during January in North America.

The NPD Group recorded 322,800 sales for Microsoft's system, while Sony's machine shifted 276,900 units. The PS3 looked to have the upper hand after December's NPD results.

Xbox 360 momentum can be attributed to the release of Mass Effect 2, BioWare's widely celebrated sequel. The game finished as second best seller for January in the US, having shifted 572,100 copies.

But once again Nintendo was out in front and by some distance. Wii sold 456,800 units to be crowned January's champion, followed by DS with 422,200.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii lead software with 656,700 copies sold, and was joined in the top 10 by platform siblings Wii Fit Plus, Mario Kart Wii, Wii Sports Resort and Just Dance - Ubisoft's surprise champion.

Both SKUs of Modern Warfare 2 were present in their third month on sale, and newcomers Army of Two: The 40th Day and Darksiders managed to scrape in towards the bottom.

Hardware - January 2010

  1. Wii: 465,800
  2. Nintendo DS: 422,200
  3. Xbox 360: 332,800
  4. PlayStation 3: 276,900
  5. PSP: 100,100
  6. PlayStation 2: 41,600

Software - January 2010

  1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii: 656,700
  2. Mass Effect 2: 572,100
  3. Wii Fit Plus: 555,700
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: 326,700
  5. Mario Kart Wii: 310,900
  6. Wii Sports Resort: 297,600
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: 259,000
  8. Army of Two: The 40th Day: 246,500
  9. Just Dance: 191,900
  10. Darksiders: 171,200