With large portions of the U.S. population quarantined at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for video games to provide entertainment is growing dramatically.

NPD Group's monthly report for March showed that all game-related purchases — software, hardware and accessories — totaled $1.6 billion, a 35 percent increase over the same month last year.

The dollar figure was the highest recorded since $1.8 billion was spent in March 2008, according to the report.