Total retail videogame sales were down 25% year-over-year in the U.S. in April, the NPD Group reports. Meanwhile, retail software sales were down 17%.
The best-selling game for the month was Injustice: Gods Among Us, marking the first time since 2011’s Mortal Kombat that a fighting game has ranked in the NPD top-spot. Injustice, along with games like Dead Island: Riptide, and Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins drove software sales in April. Games that launched during the month saw an increase of 118% in unit sales and 130% in dollar sales compared to April 2012.
The overall 17% decline to software came from the weak performance of games that were launched prior to March, the NPD Group’s Liam Callahan says.
The top-10 best-selling games for the month of April (at retail) were as follows:
|01.||Injustice: Gods Among Us||360, PS3, Wii U||Warner Bros.|
|02.||Dead Island: Riptide||360, PS3, PC||Deep Silver|
|03.||Bioshock Infinite||360, PS3, PC||Take 2|
|04.||Call of Duty: Black Ops 2||360, PS3, PC, Wii U||Activision Blizzard|
|05.||Defiance||360, PS3, PC||Trion Worlds|
|06.||Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon||3DS||Nintendo|
|07.||NBA 2K13||360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC||Take 2|
|08.||Skylanders Giants||Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U||Activision Blizzard|
|09.||LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins||3DS||Nintendo|
|10.||MLB 13: The Show||PS3, PSV||Sony|
Reporting period: April 7th – May 5th, 2013.
Meanwhile, on the hardware front, the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console for the month once more. The system sold 130,000 units during April.