PS4 Outsells Xbox One And Switch In US April Sales; Best-Selling Games Revealed

The full report for April 2018 has come in.


The PlayStation 4 was yet again the top-selling console in the United States during the month of April, the NPD Group announced today. The PS4 took the top spot in April and remains the best-selling system for the entire year so far.

The NPD Group added in its report that the PS4 in April 2018 had the highest April sales of any console since the Nintendo Wii in April 2009. The PS4 also drove the highest April dollar sales for a console since the Wii in April 2008.

In terms of dollar sales alone, the PS4 Pro 1 TB God of War limited edition model topped the charts in April in terms of hardware dollar sales. But in terms of units sold, the Nintendo Switch 32 GB neon red/blue Joy Con model did the best. The NPD Group did not provide any data about how the Xbox One platform performed in April 2018.

Overall, hardware spending in April 2018 in the US jumped by 15 percent to $225 million. On a year-to-date basis, hardware spending surged 14 percent to $1.2 billion. Drivers of growth included spending increases on Xbox One, PS4, and the SNES Classic.

As for software sales, dollar sales for PC, portable, and console games jumped 13 percent to $359 million. Year to date, spending rose 9 percent to $1.9 billion. As you would expect, God of War was April's best-selling game in the US, and NPD noted that the exclusive earned the "highest ever launch month dollar sales" for a PlayStation exclusive.

Additionally, PS4 game sales on a dollar basis in April 2018 set a new record for April for any platform since NPD started tracking data in 1995. Previously, the Xbox 360 held the record, which was achieved in April 2008.

Thanks to the success of God of War, Sony was April 2018's biggest publisher in terms of revenue, but Ubisoft remains the top publisher of 2018. Far Cry 5 was the No. 2 title of April in the US in terms of dollar sales, and it continues to be 2018's best-selling game overall. Another note about April 2018 game sales is that MLB The Show 18 placed No. 3 for revenue; it is now Sony's second biggest exclusive of 2018, only behind God of War.

Additionally, Nintendo Labo launched in April, with the Variety Kit entering the charts at No. 4 in terms of dollar sales. The Robot Kit landed in the No. 21 position.

Overall, video game spending in April 2018 in the US--across games, hardware, accessories, and game cards, jumped 18 percent to $823 million. On a year to date basis, spending rose 15 percent to $4.2 billion.

April 2018 Top 20 Best Selling Games:

*No digital sales

  1. God of War
  2. Far Cry 5
  3. MLB The Show 18
  4. Nintendo Labo Variety Kit
  5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Call of Duty: WWII
  9. Super Mario Odyssey*
  10. NBA 2K18
  11. PUBG*
  12. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  14. Monster Hunter World
  15. Rainbow Six Siege
  16. A Way Out*
  17. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life*
  18. Sea of Thieves
  19. Kirby Star Allies*
  20. FIFA 18*

April 2018 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. PUBG
  3. Sea of Thieves
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. A Way Out
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. Rainbow Six Siege

April 2018 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. God of War
  2. Far Cry 5
  3. MLB The Show 18
  4. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life*
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Call of Duty: WWII
  7. Monster Hunter: World
  8. NBA 2K18
  9. A Way Out
  10. FIFA 18

April 2018 Top 10 Nintendo Switch

  1. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit*
  2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
  3. Mario Kart 8*
  4. Super Mario Odyssey*
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. Kirby Star Allies*
  7. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02 Robot Kit*
  8. Splatoon 2*
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle*
  10. Pokken Tournament DX*

April 2018 Top 10 3DS Games

  1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon
  3. Mario Kart 7
  4. Mario Party: The Top 100
  5. Minecraft
  6. Super Mario Maker
  7. Super Smash Bros.
  8. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
  9. New Super Mario Bros. 2
  10. Kirby: Battle Royale

Top 10 Best Selling Games For 2018 Year To Date

  1. Pokemon: Ultra Sun*
  2. Pokemon Ultra Moon*
  3. Detective Pikachu*
  4. Super Smash Bros.*
  5. Mario Kart 7*
  6. Super Mario 3D Land*
  7. Minecraft*
  8. Super Mario Maker*
  9. Mario Party: The Top 100*
  10. Kirby: Battle Royale*

Top 10 Best Selling Games For 12 Month Period Ended April 2018

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. NBA 2K18
  3. Destiny 2*
  4. Madden NFL 18
  5. Super Mario Odyssey*
  6. Star Wars: Battlefront II*
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Far Cry 5
  9. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  10. Mario Kart 8*

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