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 2PS3, 360Activision Blizzard
02.Kinect Star Wars360Lucasarts
03.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3PS3, 360, Wii, PCActivision Blizzard
04.Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13PS3, 360Electronic Arts
05.NBA 2K12PS3, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, PS2Ubisoft
06.The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings360, PCWarner Bros.
07.Mario Party 9WiiNintendo
08.Mass Effect 3PS3, 360, PCElectronic Arts
09.Just Dance 3PS3, 360, WiiUbisoft
10.MLB 12: The ShowPS3, VitaSony


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!

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at 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.

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