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Injustice: Gods Among Us Leads April Sales In U.S.


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:


Rank Title System Publisher
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.


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.