NPD: Injustice: Gods Among Us April's top seller in US

NetherRealm's DC brawler the best-selling title in region last month; overall industry sales slide 25 percent; Xbox 360 sales hit 130,000.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us was April's top-selling title in the United States, according to data released by the NPD Group today. It marks the first time since April 2011 (Mortal Kombat) that a fighting game ranked in the top spot. No specific sales figures were provided, though it is estimated to have sold 424,000 units in the month.

Rounding out the top five performers for the month were Dead Island: Riptide, BioShock: Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Defiance.

Overall, industry sales slid by 25 percent to $495.2 million. However, NPD analyst Liam Callahan points out that the sales figures make up only about half of the total consumer spend for the month.

"When taking into account our preliminary estimate for other physical format sales in April such as used and rentals at $76 million, and our estimate for digital format sales including full game and add-on content downloads including microtransactions, subscriptions, mobile apps and the consumer spend on social network games at $267 million, the total consumer spend in April is $802 million," he said.

In addition, Callahan pointed out that the Easter holiday typically accounts for a 10 percent boost in sales for the month. Since Easter fell in March this year and in April last year, a direct comparison is "difficult," he said.

Regarding hardware, total sales plummeted by 42 percent to $109.5 million. Microsoft was again the market leader, selling 130,000 Xbox 360 units in the month, down from 236,000 systems this time last year. Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform (hardware, software, and accessories) was $208 million.

Sony has not divulged PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita sales information for the month, while Nintendo reportedly sold just 55,000 Wii U units during the month, some 20,000 fewer than the 75,000 Wii systems in the period.

As for software, this category decreased 17 percent in April to $267.8 million in April. Though the overall sector declined year-over-year, sales of April 2013 titles posted positive figures over April 2012, which was led by Activision's Prototype 2.

"Despite overall declines, April title launches in 2013 fared better than games that launched in April 2012, up 118 percent in unit sales and 130 percent in dollar sales," Callahan said. "This increase was driven by games like Injustice: Gods Among Us, Dead Island: Riptide, and Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins."

Separately, Nintendo announced that it has sold 2.1 million first-party 3DS games through the first four months of the year, up 52 percent over last year.

"In 2012, it took 30 weeks for Nintendo 3DS to sell 2 million units of first-party software. In 2013, the platform accomplished that same feat in 18 weeks," Nintendo said.

Nintendo said Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins shifted nearly 94,000 combined physical and digital copies. Notably, it was released on April 24, near the end of the NPD Group's reporting period. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold 140,000 units in the month (physical and digital), boosting its life-to-date total to 530,000 units.

The only Wii U title Nintendo revealed sales statistics for was New Super Mario Bros. U, which has now sold nearly 770,000 combined physical and digital units to date.

Shifting to accessories, this sector fell 19 percent to $131.4 million for April 2013.

"Though every accessory type experienced year-over-year declines in April 2013, year-to-date trending increased by over 20 percent for the combined sales of point cards, headsets/headphones, and All Other Accessories (which includes Skylanders)," Callahan said.

APRIL US GAME SALES (April 7-May 4, 2013)
OVERALL DOLLAR SALES

Total retail sales: $495.2 million (-25%)
Non-PC hardware: $109.5 million (-42%)
Non-PC software: $254.3 (-17%)
Accessories: $131.4 (19%)
Total software: $267.8 million (-17%)

TOP 10 GAMES FOR APRIL 2013
Title (Platforms) - Publisher

1. Injustice: Gods Among Us (X360, PS3, Wii U) - Warner Bros.
2. Dead Island: Riptide (X360, PS3, PC) - Deep Silver
3. BioShock: Infinite (X360, PS3, PC) - Take-Two
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360, PS3, PC, Wii U) - Activision Blizzard
5. Defiance - (X360, PS3, PC) - Trion Worlds
6. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) - Nintendo
7. NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC) - Take-Two Interactive
8. Skylanders Giants (Wii, X360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U) - Activision Blizzard
9. Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS) - Nintendo
10. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, PS Vita) - Sony

Discussion

33 comments
Superman_legend
Superman_legend

Got to get this. I played it and blew my mind. Honestly, wasn't expecting much because of past DC games, but Netherealm seems to have made this better than the new Mortal Kombat by far. And of course Superman is a beast, every character seemed to fight like they should. They did a great job, now here hoping the new Superman lives up since it's made by Dark Knight director. These companies who can get a little gritty seem to make the best Superhero entertainment. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

"points out that the sales figures make up only about half of the total consumer spend for the month." It's good that they acknowledge this, because some schmucks in fancy suits might actually base some decisions on these numbers. If they think the industry is in a slump they'll be more careful and more prone to shovel sequels out the door. 

The mathematician in me wonders how 495.2 million + 76 million + 267 million can become 802 million. I make that to be 838.2 million.

fredwv
fredwv

Flash is overpowered   :p

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

I find it very amusing and comforting that many of these games are still top sellers despite falling below the "good" range of many critics (like GS). Perhaps there much more gamers who can think for themselves than I thought...

JKnaperek
JKnaperek

Waiting on the "Komplete Edition" so I can have all the DLC on disc. Also hoping that tag team mode is implemented since it was so awesome in Mortal Kombat.

TheGovenor
TheGovenor

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Whens Injustice yo.....

(Only Twitch regulars will understand.)

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

We super need the next-gen asap. Only a few games coming out this year that interest me. It's pretty scary compared to a few years back.

Superzone
Superzone

Why is Black Ops II still at #4.................

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

Luigi's Mansion and Lego City Undercover sales are impressive, with them being single platform in top ten

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

this list is weird....no gears or god of war 1 month after release.

Toadamus
Toadamus

I might aswell break my piggy bank to buy this game..

immortality20
immortality20

I bought Injustice Collector Edition, such a great game. Deserves every single sale.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Nice to see that Injustice: God Among Us is No. one but I will just wait for GOTY with all the DLC included and as for Dead Island: Riptide, reguardless of the mix reviews it had, I for one love the game yes it has bugs issues but I enjoy the first one and Riptide is so fun I don't regrete it at all.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Drop in hardware sales makes sense. Almost no one wants a PS3 or 360 right now when the next-gen consoles are just a few months away

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

Good to hear Injustice is on top. 

Not good to hear Dead Island is second place. Such an absolutely horrid game.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@Superman_legend That's the thing.  Much like Batman: Arkham Asylum, this isn't a good LICENSED game.  It's a good GAME, full stop, made by a developer who gave a damn about the product.

 Shit, I don't even care about comic books, and I bought both the Arkham games and Injustice because they're among the best games of the generation.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@Hurvl It's hard to take numbers seriously that don't count fucking WAL-MART!

Hopefully the publishers actually get numbers from chains that don't participate in NPD as well.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Double_Wide Or perhaps there are far more gamers who are fooled by marketing hype? Either way, it shows that reviews are opinions and that a handful of reviewers are not representative for the tastes of the masses, to the dismay of some reviewers and elitists.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@anonymousicko Traveller's Tales and Nintendo are great developers, they DESERVE the acclaim they're getting.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@EasyComeEasyGo Well, RipTide was definitely a "for the fans" game.  if you were all over the first Dead Island, you were going to like this one.  It pretty much did what a sequel is supposed to do, while reviewers were expecting something original.  It's no secret the gaming media is jaded as all hell.

mouse314
mouse314

@EasyComeEasyGo im gonna do that too in the mean time every one should watch Injustice in EVO this year is gonna be great.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

@EasyComeEasyGo Same. I want it so bad (I need another fighting game for a "fix") but they are pumping that game with costume DLC!! It came out a month ago and there's already multiple packs....

Ah well, patience is a virtue

Vagnar
Vagnar

@Spartan_418 I want a PS3, since I don't have one and PS4 is not natively backwards compatible. I'll still wait for the PS4 release, since it might bring a price drop for the PS3.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@Double_Wide @DiscGuru101 This SO FUCKING MUCH!

Have we all forgotten the huge drought at the start of this gen?  The games toward the end are almost ALWAYS better than the ones toward the beginning.  The PS4 and Next Gen Xbox are almost certain to suffer the same fate as the PS3's first two or so years, simply because of increased development costs.