Halo 3 smashes records

No surprise here.

InformationWeek reports:

Microsoft’s Halo 3 racked up $170 million in sales on its first day of availability, making it the hottest-selling title in video game history.

Microsoft said late Wednesday that the game’s sales easily surpassed first-day sales for Halo 2, which previously held the record. Halo 2 launched in 2004 and posted $125 million in sales on its first day.

Halo 3, which hit shelves on Tuesday, also broke industry records for presales. Retailers took more than 1.7 million preorders for the game, which runs on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. More than 1 million gamers played the game online over Microsoft’s Xbox Live system on launch day — another record for the software maker.

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