Mortal Kombat tops booming April sales - NPD

Resurrection of fatality-focused fighter sells nearly 900,000 copies, beats out Portal 2 in big month at retail as total game sales up 20% year-over-year.

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The Mortal Kombat series made its name by giving players new and nauseating ways to take life from their opponents. But the fighting franchise has for once breathed new life into something, as the industry-tracking NPD Group today released much-improved April US retail sales figures, where Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's latest game stood alone on top of the sales charts.

Mortal Kombat is back on top.

Sales were up across the board according to NPD, with total gaming industry retail sales amounting to $961.2 million, a 20 percent leap over April 2010's take. Software sales were up 24 percent year-over-year, with Mortal Kombat leading the way with just under 900,000 copies sold. Valve's first-person puzzler Portal 2--released on the same day as Mortal Kombat--came in second place for the month. According to the NPD, a third game sharing that same April 17 launch date, the PlayStation 3-exclusive SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs, would have cracked the top 10 on a per-SKU basis or if sales of the game's PlayStation Move bundle would have counted under software instead of accessories. The NPD Group said that in all, five games broke the 250,000 copies sold mark, compared to just two games in April of 2010.

Hardware was also up for the month, with overall non-PC sales of game systems up 21 percent to $279.9 million. The Xbox 360 led the way with Microsoft trumpeting 297,000 systems sold. In a statement timed alongside the NPD's April sales data, SCEA senior director of corporate communications Patrick Seybold said PS3 hardware sales were up nearly 13 percent, noting that game sales jumped 40 percent year-over-year. According to the NPD Group, the Xbox 360, Wii, and DS also sold more games last month than in April 2010.

APRIL 2011 US GAME SALES
OVERALL DOLLAR SALES
Total retail sales: $961.2 million (+20%)
Total non-PC retail sales: $930.7 million (+21%)
Non-PC hardware: $279.9 million (+21%)
Total software: $533.6 million (+24%)
Non-PC software: $503.2 million (+26%)
Accessories: $147.6 million (+20%)

TOP 10 GAMES FOR APRIL 2011
Title (Platforms) - Publisher
1. Mortal Kombat (360, PS3) - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
2. Portal 2 (360, PS3, PC) - EA Partners
3. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, 360, DS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) - LucasArts
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, DS, Wii, PC) - Activision
5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (360, PS3, Wii) - Electronic Arts
6. Crysis 2 (360, PS3, PC) - Electronic Arts
7. Just Dance 2 (Wii) - Ubisoft
8. Michael Jackson: The Experience (360, PS3) - Ubisoft
9. Pokemon White Version (DS) - Nintendo
10. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC) - Take-Two Interactive

Discussion

168 comments
deathguardian08
deathguardian08

I like Mortal Kombat sure, but I'm rather disappointed that it topped Portal 2. Oh well, I guess people will always prefer gory fighting games compared to puzzle ones...

wondernova
wondernova

@ benboz I know exactly how you feel. Been looking to get a copy from the UK on Ebay. But don't really want to pay $150 plus for it! Insane.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@benboz, I pre-ordered and received my Kollector's Edition MK from play-asia (PS3) and customs didn't pick it up (Even said Mortal Kombat on the package). If you think it's worth it, see if you can get it?

benboz
benboz

Man I wish I could play Mortal Kombat but it got banned in Australia :(

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

I am glad to see Mortal Kombat restored to its former glory, aside from a chaotic Krypt and a few unballanced characters (which will be patched soon) the game is pretty darn solid. I havent had this much fun ripping someones spinal cord out since MKII. I agree with the Killer Instinct comment, if they could give that franchise the same care and attention that Capcom did with SFIV and Netherrealm did with MK '11 then a Killer Instinct revival would be great.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Awesome game and well deserved. I was having a ton of fun with MVC3, but now with MK taking up most of my time I am finding it hard to go back to MVC3. Both great fighting games however. FIGHT!!

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Well naturally...as MK was the best game launched in April

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

Sweet game, but i think the media will go ape s*** about this.

Ajani85
Ajani85

Now that Mortal Kombat has been revived,I hope they revive Killer Instinct also!!

Llama345
Llama345

I still see black ops is in the top 5. that is just amazing to me.

the_guard
the_guard

@James00715 I agree, that's why I bought it at Futureshop when it was on sale for a week at only $40! Great game and so glad I got it!

josiesel
josiesel

good to see MK in top it really is a great game

DKant
DKant

Do Portal's retail sales really count all that much? For 360/PS3 sure, but PC?

Buka_Pintu
Buka_Pintu

cool but not the best fighting i think..

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I'm happy for Ed Boon and the whole MK Team. It is just a fantastic game and fun to play, so glad that I bought it.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

well... there's still hope for PS2....

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i got tomclancy splintercel 3d splintercell chaos theory- and red dead redemption red dead revolver and red dead nightmare those are some of thegames i purchased last month

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

Seeing PS2 with NBA 2K11 just made me LOL! I just can't believe they still are making games for that system anymore

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Always interesting to see facts and figures like this :)

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

@ecs33 i didn't say graphics didn't matter, but great graphics aren't essential. Of course i prefer graphics these days to older games, but that dosen't make older games less enjoyable. In fact, i kind of like the old blocky character in ps1 games, they make me laugh as i think "Man, these were good graphics back then".

James00715
James00715

While Portal 2 was an excellent game, it was overpriced. I think it would have definitely been #1 if Valve gave it the more reasonable price of $50 on console and $40 on PC.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Whoa, I didn't think MK would sell that much in the first month. WB must be very happy.

ecs33
ecs33

If you were talking solely about games, I would agree with you that consoles are the better deal $/experience. But I sooped up my PC to be an music system too (make and listen) and a webdesign tool. The extra gpx are nice but if you are going to put down that kind of money it's best to use your PC in other ways so you get your money's worth :D

ecs33
ecs33

@irishdude199210 I didn't say that gpx make a game. However, gpx definitely help to improve the experience. If gpx didn't matter, then why aren't we still playing NES? :D

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

@Egotte First off, i don't know what that second paragraph was about. Computers ruling the world? haha Secondly, I heard that you could use different pc specific game contollers for pc gaming, but I heard no one likes them too. To be honest then there's not too much of a difference. PC's are better because they constantly improve, update etc. New consoles are brought out to compete every so often. After all, a console is essentially a pc. Maybe one day, they'll be practically no difference as maybe eventually you could upgrade etc. a console the same way you would a pc. All that said, i'm a console gamer till the day I die! :D

noodles297
noodles297

Good game, but it makes me sad to see more people went for MK than Portal 2. But if thats what people like then thats just the way it is.

Mysticalnubcake
Mysticalnubcake

Not surprised; it is a fantastic series, and this is a fantastic game in its own right.

osmanalefi
osmanalefi

mortal kombat is the bomb! Kratos and Scorpion FTW!!

karenwen
karenwen

MK does a Fatality on its kompetition. =)

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

@ecs33 If your willing to spend possibly thousands of dollars and become addicted to upgrading your PC, yeah why not. Personally i think a console is a better deal there. And if you can't enjoy a game because of it's graphics, i really feel sorry for you. I'm playing Mortal Kombat 2 these days actually, and loving it. Games like Contra are also very enjoyable. Sure I love great graphics, who doesn't? But gameplay makes the game, not graphics.

ecs33
ecs33

@irishdude199210 That's not really true. You can get a wireless USB receiver for your PC and play with your 360 pad? Why is PC not meant to be played with a pad if such tools are available in the market? What do you think 360's and PS3's ultimately are? I have all consoles and a high performance PC. If a game is available for PC over the consoles, I will get it for the PC simply because I can play it at a higher gpx level. My friend and I played Portal 2 on my PC and then he purchased it for 360. The lesser framerate and detail were plainly obvious and the experience just wasn't the same. Not hating on consoles. You gotta put alot in to get the best gpx these days...but if you are willing to spend the money, why not?

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

@lfebaggins Ha! I find it ironic you tell me to go back to elementary school when you use words like 'yall' and 'lulzzzz'. Those words don't exist. Just thought I should tell you before you end up writing them on an important document ;)

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

@Egotte Jealous of what? PC games? If i wanted to play pc games, then i would play PC games. I didn't mention anything about performance, so why did you bring up that? Fact is, console games are more fun. It's not all about the best graphics, sounds etc. If i'd played MK on a PC it would suck and you know it, no matter how good your 'performance' is. Get a gamepad, fine, it would be more fun, but the whole point of PC gaming is not using a gamepad/controller. I'm not getting into some ridiculous argument that i've seen over and over again. If you've played PC games more than console and you've grown up on them, your more likely to like them, and vice versa. I like console games better, you like PC games better. Leave it at that.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

i want to get this, but will probably wait until later this year/ beginning of next year...to save money and to allow me to play all the other great games i want

elancion
elancion

firehawk998 ,"every fighter feels unique" are you sure you'll talking about mk9 ?

elancion
elancion

meh, im still not getting it. i've played it and yes it is similar to the classic MK titles some of you know and love.it also sucks like the classic MK titles some of you know and for some odd reason love. outside of a few exceptions, April's release line-up wasn't all that hot any how.casual gamers usually tend to go with something more widely recognizable to them.so in this case the more widely known was of course mk.

brain20035
brain20035

A merit thoroughly deserved! Kongrats

Superzone
Superzone

Just goes to show that when a developer puts their heart and soul into a game, both they and their fans will be rewarded for it. Thank you Ed Boon and Netherrealm Studios for making such a killer game.

ecs33
ecs33

@lfebaggins I do! I bought the PS3 version but i'd like the option to turn up the gpx on my PC. I can easily connect my 360 to it and play it that way :D

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

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zzamaro
zzamaro

Kongratulations Mortal Kombat!

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

It's good to see Mortal Kombat doing well again.

wars45
wars45

just hope the nexts 1 is better but this is the best mk and i love it

monson21502
monson21502

i gotta go rent me MK, so i can scream that epic line ....MORTAL KOMBAT!!

johnnystarr
johnnystarr

Just hopefully means they will make another one fun game glad I got it now just wish there was more stuff to do. also wish you had to unlock people

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

What whaat! But how many Portal 2's?