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

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"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


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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.