Sales of video game gear and software in the United States climbed 6 percent in March, industry tracker NPD said on Thursday, bouncing back somewhat after declining for two straight months.

Hardware sales slipped 4 percent in the month, but software sales jumped 10 percent.

Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii was the top-selling home console in the month, selling 557,500 units, while Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 console came in second with 338,400 and Sony Corp's PlayStation 3 was third with 313,900 units.

The top-selling game in March was Sony's God of War III.

(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Richard Chang)