, whether you view it as America's most chaotic consumer spending spree or simply as an excuse to shove
everyone between you and a $3 toaster, is a critical retail event for console manufacturers. According to Microsoft
, the Xbox 360 enjoyed record sales during the frantic shopping period, amounting to an increase of 25% over last year. The company can't resist claiming victory in a battle that doesn't involve the Wii
-- the Xbox 360 is said to have outsold the PlayStation 3 by a factor of three.
Microsoft also expressed satisfaction with software sales, with Gears of War 2
, Fable 2
(yes, the karaoke game) leading the way. We'll have to wait until November's NPD
results are out until we can see just how well each of those titles fared.