Xbox Live Arcade Sales 'Almost Tripled' After New Xbox Experience Launch

Sales of downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games "almost tripled" in the week after the November 19th launch of the Xbox 360's new interface, Microsoft has announced.

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In particular, Cabonated Games' UNO saw a 650% sales jump in just one day, a feat attributed to the fact that it was updated with support for the new customizable player avatars. NinjaBee's A Kingdom for Keflings, an avatar-utilizing game launched on November 19, "registered the second-best first week of performance ever."

In addition, Xbox Live members have added an average of 33% more friends since the New Xbox Experience hit, Xbox Live programming director Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb observed on his blog, though no explanation or hard numbers were given.