Total videogame sales fell 32% year-over-year this past April, according to a report by the NPD Group. Software sales fell by 42%, while hardware sales dropped by 32%. Total sales for the month were $630.4 million. Counting other channels of revenue, such as used game sales, rentals, subscriptions and social games, total consumer spend was $1 billion.
The NPD Group’s Anita Frazier chalks up the drop in sales partly to Easter falling very early in April, which means most Easter-related purchases—which typically add 10% in sales—took place in March. Also to blame was a lack of high-profile new releases as compared to April of last year.
The top ten best-selling games in April were as follows:
|01.||Prototype 2||PS3, 360||Activision Blizzard|
|02.||Kinect Star Wars||360||Lucasarts|
|03.||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||PS3, 360, Wii, PC||Activision Blizzard|
|04.||Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13||PS3, 360||Electronic Arts|
|05.||NBA 2K12||PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2||Ubisoft|
|06.||The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings||360, PC||Warner Bros.|
|07.||Mario Party 9||Wii||Nintendo|
|08.||Mass Effect 3||PS3, 360, PC||Electronic Arts|
|09.||Just Dance 3||PS3, 360, Wii||Ubisoft|
|10.||MLB 12: The Show||PS3, Vita||Sony|
Frazier also noted that, while it wasn’t present in the top-ten, Nintendo’s Kid Icarus: Uprising would have made the top-ten list, were it not for the fact that all console versions of individual games are now listed as a single, combined entry.
Update: In case you’re wondering how Xenoblade Chronicles did, it isn’t included in NPD’s report on account of being a retailer-exclusive game, only available through GameStop and Nintendo. Thanks to reader, kylehyde, for pointing this out!