US video game sales up 9% in August 2008

US sales of video game hardware and software rose 9% in August 2008 to $994.8 mln, boosted by the popularity of the newly released Madden NFL 09. Americans bought $384.6 mln in video game hardware, up 3% from August 2007, lead by sales of the handheld Nintendo DS, which sold 518,300 units, according to NPD Group.