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


"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:


01.Mortal KombatPS3, 360Warner Bros.
02.Portal 2PS3, 360, PCValve
03.Lego Star Wars III: The Clone WarsPS3, 360, PC, 3DS, Wii, DSLucasarts
04.Call of Duty: Black OpsPS3, 360, PC, Wii, DSActivision Blizzard
05.Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
PS3, 360, WiiElectronic Arts
06.Crysis 2PS3, 360, PCElectronic Arts
07.Just Dance 2WiiUbisoft
08.Michael Jackson: The ExperiencePS3, 360, Wii, DS, PSPUbisoft
09.Pokémon WhiteDSNintendo
10.NBA 2K11PS3, 360, PC, Wii, PSP, PS2Take Two


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.