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Game Ca$h

Jan. 20 2009, Published 12:15 p.m. ET

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You know how we've been telling you how many millions of dollars movies make each weekend? Well, try these figures on for size:

Consumers spent $5.29 billion on videogaming in December. That's nearly 20% higher than last year. We've already reported that Nintendo sold a bunch of consoles over the holidays, but chow down on the breakdown: they moved 3.04 million DS systems in December and 2.15 million Wii. That's just the hardware!

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The Microsoft Xbox 360 sold 1.44 million consoles, twice as many as PS3. The handy PSP sold 1.02 million and the still-hanging-in-there PS 2 sold 410,000 consoles.

Of course, Sony gets an added financial bump from each PS3 sale: the machine also plays Blu-ray discs, which boosts the sales of their homevideo unit.

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