Videogame sales jumped 39% in October but came in below several optimistic expectations as sales of the blockbuster Halo 3 slowed considerably following its much-hyped launch.
The slower Halo 3 sales were also a likely factor in helping the Nintendo Wii reclaim the top spot among gaming consoles after being knocked off briefly by Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360.
The Wii sold about 519,000 units during the month -- the most of any gaming console, according to data released from the NPD group late Thursday. That blew away the 366,000 in unit sales from the Xbox 360, which saw an upsurge in September thanks to the launch of Halo 3, which was designed exclusively by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 console. The Xbox 360 had sold nearly 528,000 units in September.