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Saturday, September 18

Halo Rules the Roost

NEW YORK - Microsoft said that its Halo: Reach videogame for the Xbox 360 console notched up $200 million (NZ$275m) in sales in the United States and Europe on the first day of its release.

"Halo: Reach is the biggest game Microsoft has ever released, and its launch has already surpassed every game, movie and entertainment launch this year," said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios.

US sales alone made Halo: Reach, which hit stores on Tuesday, the biggest entertainment launch of the year, surpassing the three-day opening weekends of Hollywood blockbusters Iron Man 2, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3, Microsoft said.

"Every major instalment has grown in scope and popularity, firmly cementing the Halo franchise as one of the most popular entertainment properties in the world over the past decade," Spencer said in a statement.

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