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Research firm NPD Group says U.S. video game sales in November rose 8 percent from a year ago to $2.99 billion, helped by Microsoft's new motion-detecting controller, Kinect, and hot sales of the first-person shooter "Call of Duty: Black Ops."

Both items began selling early in the month. Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 platform accounted for more than 40 percent of total industry sales.

Accessory sales were up 69 percent to $413 million. Hardware rose 2 percent to $1.08 billion and software rose 4 percent to $1.46 billion.

"Call of Duty" was the top selling game, with 8.3 million units sold after its Nov. 9 debut.

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