Richard Hough and others play games on t
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Richard Hough and others play games on their Nintendo DS portable consoles while waiting in line to try Nintendo's Wii consoles at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 12 May 2006 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
updated 10/13/2006 11:54:43 AM ET 2006-10-13T15:54:43

September's video game sales jumped by a whopping 38 percent compared with the year-ago period, according to data from the NPD Group, a market research company.

Year-to-date, the industry is up 11 percent and there are no signs of slowing down, according to video game analyst Anita Frazier, who added that a record year for the industry "is a given."

Total video game sales were $777 million for the month, up from $563 million in September of last year.

Hardware sales rose 71 percent to $244 million from last year's $143 million, led by the Nintendo DS, which sold more than 400,000 units, bringing its U.S. total to 6.3 million.

Software sales climbed 29 percent to $446 million from $347 million in the year-ago period, and sales of accessories jumped 21 percent to $88 million from $73 million.

In terms of dollar sales, this was the best September in the industry's history, Frazier said.

Sony and Nintendo are both set to release much-awaited next-generation consoles in November.  Frazier said she expects the available inventory for both PlayStation 3 and the Wii to sell out.

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