April's Best-Selling Consoles And Games Revealed (US)

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The NPD has released its report for April 2019, revealing the best-selling consoles and games of the month in the US , and providing an overall snapshot of the industry's health during the month.

Starting with game sales, Mortal Kombat 11 was April's best-selling game of the month, and immediately became the No. 2 best-selling game of 2019 so far, only behind Kingdom Hearts III. Also of note is that Mortal Kombat 11 is the first time a third-party game was the Switch's top-seller for a month since Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was No. 1 back in September 2017.

Days Gone was No. 2 in April, and it achieved sales that amounted to the seventh biggest ever for a Sony-published game during its launch month. It is also developer Sony Bend Studio's best-selling game ever after just one month on sale in the US. MLB The Show 19 finished No. 3 in April, and it continues to be the best-selling sports game of 2019 so far (a lot of the big ones are still to come such as FIFA 20, Madden 20, NBA 2K20, and more).

Overall, video game sales across console, PC, and portable reached $427 million in April 2019, which is up 15 percent year-over-year. On a year-to-date basis, game sales have now reached $1.9 billion, which is up 4 percent.

Moving to hardware, the Nintendo Switch was April 2019's best-selling console in terms of units sold and dollars driven, outperforming the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The 32GB neon red/blue system is 2019's best-selling individual piece of hardware.

The strong performance of the Nintendo Switch was not matched by all platforms, as total hardware spending dropped 29 percent to $160 million in April 2019. All other platforms posted declines during the month. For 2019 year-to-date, hardware spending is down 16 percent to $918 million.

The Accessories category, which includes game cards, jumped 5 percent to $256 million. The Amiibo Super Smash Bros Series 1 packs sold the best in April, while the black DualShock 4 controller is 2019's best-selling accessory so far. Game card and controller spending led the way. Year-to-date, Accessories spending is up 3 percent to $1.2 billion.

With hardware, software, and accessories combined, total video game spending in the US in April reached $842 million, which is up 1 percent. For 2019 so far, total spending dropped 2 percent to $4 billion.

April 2019 Best-Selling Games In The US All Platforms

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Days Gone
  3. MLB 19 The Show
  4. The Division 2^
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4^
  9. NBA 2K19
  10. Yoshi's Crafted World*
  11. Red Dead Redemption II
  12. Mario Kart 8*
  13. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  14. Minecraft#
  15. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  16. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  18. Jump Force
  19. Battlefield V*
  20. Borderlands

* Digital sales not included

^ PC digital sales not included

# Minecraft digital sales on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One included

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So much for go woke go broke.

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AGAIN no Metro Exodus in the list. I wonder what happened. LOL

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@nsa_protocol44: You mean, how did a niche, unpopular franchise not sell huge?

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@Bread_or_Decide: Meto last light did good so I was wondering maybe Exodus would be in the top 10 because of the predecessor being soo good and selling well.

And Metro is deffo a Popular franchise, else there would have been no HUGE Steam backlash by thousands of gamers.

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I can't believe GTA V is still selling so well. How many systems out there still don't have it installed? It's as if gamers are appearing out of thin air to buy it.

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The second best selling game of the year already?!

See what happens developers when you actually put time and care into your products.


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Days Gone ... Blasphemy . how dare we purchase a game critics says its a 5/10 game including a white male protagonist !!!!

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@afromakka: Soo when critics loved TLOU and Uncharted....that was what?

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@Bread_or_Decide: that was before the SJW propaganda crap ! but i tell you now that if uncharted was a new IP releasing in 2019 it would have faced the same issues as days gone

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@afromakka: Days gone is pretty generic though. The 5 was harsh, but even those that like the game agree it's by the numbers open world. Which can be fine for fans of the genre, but hardly worth 8's and 9's.

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@Bread_or_Decide: i agree it has generic quests but to be honest with you , the story is good , the graphics are top notch , the game play is good , all in all its a good game hindered by some bugs early on and if u stick with it you would eventually rate it at 8 or 9


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@afromakka: Uncharted 4 had a ton of progressive pandering.

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@blackhairedhero: But it had a white male lead. By pandering do you mean "cast blacks and non whites in other roles?"

Cause that's not pandering, that's just ummm...the world we live in.

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@Bread_or_Decide: No I mean the female villain who was so bad ass you get to have two unwinnable boss fights with her. Funny because despite killing her whole army you can't even land a punch on her.

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@blackhairedhero: And maybe she's too strong for the hero? What exactly is so upsetting to you about that?

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@Bread_or_Decide: It's not upsetting, it's just cringeworthy and terrible unrealistic. If it took place in a fantasy universe and she had supernatural powers that would be one thing. But I need an explanation why the developer finds it necessary to have not one but two unwinnable boss battles. Regardless this is all lost on you because I'm guessing you're a self leftie who loves shit like that.

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@blackhairedhero: I know plenty of ladies who could beat up a guy. How is that a fantasy? lol.

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@Bread_or_Decide: lol somehow that doesn't surprise me. Do you know any women who can beat up Males that actually fight though? No because they don't exist.

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@blackhairedhero: Ok crazy person.

Time to go back on your meds.

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@afromakka: lol