Mortal Kombat Sees A Flawless Victory In April U.S. Sales

By Ishaan . May 12, 2011 . 4:45pm

"April 2011 represents the first month that new physical retail sales of content showed growth in both units and dollars since November of last year," writes the NPD Group’s Anita Frazier in her analysis of U.S. software sales for the month of April.


Frazier adds that five games sold more than 250,000 units in April 2011, as opposed to just two games last April.


The highest-selling game for the month was Mortal Kombat, which Frazier reports sold "just under 900k units" during its first month on the market. For reference, Street Fighter IV sold 849,000 units in its first month, when it debuted in February 2009.


The top-10 software chart for the month of April in the U.S. is as follows:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Mortal Kombat PS3, 360 Warner Bros.
02. Portal 2 PS3, 360, PC Valve
03. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars PS3, 360, PC, 3DS, Wii, DS Lucasarts
04. Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3, 360, PC, Wii, DS Activision Blizzard
05. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
PS3, 360, Wii Electronic Arts
06. Crysis 2 PS3, 360, PC Electronic Arts
07. Just Dance 2 Wii Ubisoft
08. Michael Jackson: The Experience PS3, 360, Wii, DS, PSP Ubisoft
09. Pokémon White DS Nintendo
10. NBA 2K11 PS3, 360, PC, Wii, PSP, PS2 Take Two


Read more stories about & & on Siliconera.

  • Call of Duty Black Ops continues to chug along, I wonder how people could choose a new copy over a used one, then again, I imagine Gamestop keeps the used price so high that its more beneficial to just fork over a tiny bit extra for a pristine copy.

    No 3DS software, my creys.

  • Quite a surprise that MK sold more than Portal 2. Still grateful that it still got a good amount of copies sold.

  • Klarktastic

    I still haven’t had the chance to play it online thanks to psn being down :(

  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    I, Aara Malik Davoodi, declare this reboot…successful!

    •  don’t you mean “a FLAWLESS VICTORY?”

  • PrinceHeir

     haven’t bought the new MK. looks great though im looking forward for the MK Arcade Kollection this summer ^^

    • I heard a lot of good about the game as well. Even though gore and violence are not my style, if the game really does have great software design, I’ll give it a shot after the price drop. A smart developer deserves support.

  • mikanko

    This game is actually kinda fun, but don’t really have anyone locally to play with, and the broken online play makes MvC3 online look pristine, and MvC3’s online is horrible, so yeah. <_<;

    PSN please come back so I can play AH3 =/

    •  I haven’t played online yet, only local multiplayer. Net code no worky? :C

      • mikanko

        Yeah, it has a very bad input delay in the netcode, probably worse than Soul Calibur 4, so moves you can block on reaction offline are unstoppable online because of an inherent delay in frames.  

        That’s not even the worst part, as the lobbies give you no easy way to see where people are from.  You just join lobbies with tons of random other people and see how many bars they have connection wise, which tends to not be so accurate.  If they had their lobbies sorted by region it might not be as bad.

        The biggest complaint people have is King of the Hill matches with spectator mode pretty much just don’t work half the time and kick the spectators.

        Netherrealm is supposed to be working on a patch, but while I think they’ll be able to improve the connection finding and dropping a bit, the actual netcode is pretty much there to stay.

        Input delay netcode in fighting games is the devil. =/

  • Ladius

    I heard lots of bad things about this MK entry in the beat’em up communities, I fear its success is more due to the nostalgia effect of the first games than to the actual quality of its gameplay. I don’t thik I will be able to find out who’s right since this is not my kind of game, I will wait for King of Fighters 13.

    • Really? Personally I’ve only been hearing praise for it from others. Hell, I know that I myself am really enjoying it. I’d say that it’s not nostalgia goggles, but rather people enjoying a solid refinement of the best mechanics from MK1-3

    • Jellybit

      The goodness of the game actually pushed aside my bias AGAINST the series. I didn’t want to like it at all, but it’s actually quite good.  Very interesting ideas.  It’s a different beast than Street Fighter, but as long as you take it for its own thing, it’s a very satisfying and interesting experience.

Video game stories from other sites on the web. These links leave Siliconera.

Siliconera Tests
Siliconera Videos