Microsoft’s Xbox 360 cemented its position as the undisputed champion of the U.S. game console industry in 2011 with December sales of 1.7 million units — putting the company atop of the market for the twelfth straight month.

For the full year, the NPD Group market research firm says the Xbox 360 platform was responsible for 40 percent of retail sales in physical stores across all categories, including hardware software and accessories. In terms of hardware sales, NPD described the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii as “neck and neck in second place” for the full year.

It was a rough year for the industry overall — registering $17 billion in physical retail sales, a decline of 8 percent from 2010, according to the NPD data.

On a worldwide basis, Microsoft this week reported that it has sold more than 66 million Xbox 360s since the console launched. Nintendo is still the overall leader of the current console generation, with more than 90 million Wiis sold globally, but that came largely as a result of the early popularity of the Nintendo console, which has since waned.

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Microsoft! It’s not often you see a six-year-old console dominate the sales rankings for 12 consecutive months. I can’t wait for the “Xbox Encore,” the successor console, to debut at E3 this year. Talk about going out on top!

    • Guest

      Sorry, I’ve been told not to use “Xbox Encore” publicly yet. Todd, could you delete that unpublic name and just shorten the sentence to “I can’t wait for the successor console to debut at E3 this year”? Thanks.

      • james

        You’ve been told that you can’t use “encore” but they were good with you leaking the announce date? Good one.

        • Anonymous

          He’s guaranteed to be a troll.  Please ignore the fool.

      • Guest

        Way to blab, chump. Loose lips sink ships.

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