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Top 10 Best Selling Games In The US During April 2017

Mario Kart wins again.


The NPD Group today released its report for April 2017, revealing the top 10 best-selling games of the month for the United States and other key industry facts.

Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was No. 1 in the all-platforms chart, with Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, MLB 17 The Show, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands rounding out the top five.

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You can see all of the top-seller lists NPD shared below. As is now the case every month, these lists are ranked by US dollar sales and combine physical sales with digital sales from select publishers. As such, the figures in this post do not cover the entire industry spend.

Overall, total spend--including hardware, games, and accessories--rose 10 percent to $636 million. This is the first time that spending has increased in consecutive months since November 2015.

In terms of hardware, the Nintendo Switch was again the top-seller, moving more than 280,000 units in the US during the month. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the month's top-seller, sold more than 460,000 physical copies and a further 90,000 digital units. One important note is that the game launched on April 28, and the NPD's reporting period ended April 29, so only two days of sales were tracked.

Another interesting thing to note is that the NES Classic was the No. 2 best-seller in the US during April, outperforming Xbox One and PS4, though a specific unit sales figure was not provided.

Overall, hardware spending rose 37 percent to $195 million. April 2017 represented the highest hardware revenue in the US for an April since 2011.

Game sales rose 6 percent to $304 million, led by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Persona 5, as well as a "strong second month" for Breath of the Wild.

Here are some other key takeaways for April, via NPD analyst Mat Piscatella.

"April saw the release of Xbox 360 Call Of Duty: Black Ops II as a backward compatible game for the Xbox One, helping the title chart in the top 10," he said. "Persona 5 experienced the strongest debut month for any title in Persona franchise history, with packaged dollar sales five times that of the previous best-selling debut, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4."

For the year so far, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the best-selling game overall, followed by another Ubisoft title, For Honor.

Finally, accessories and gamecard sales jumped 4 percent to $126 million. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller was the top-selling gamepad for April.

April 2017 Top 10 Games

Titles marked with an asterisk do not include digital sales

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  2. Persona 5*
  3. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  4. MLB The Show 17
  5. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Overwatch*
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops II

April 2017 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. Persona 5*
  2. MLB 17: The Show
  3. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  10. Overwatch

April 2017 Top 10 Xbox One

  1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Overwatch
  5. Forza Horizon 3
  6. NBA 2K17
  7. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  8. Lego Worlds
  9. Rainbow Six Siege
  10. For Honor

April 2017 Top Nintendo Switch

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  3. Lego City Undercover*
  4. 1-2-Switch*
  5. Puyo Puyo Tetris*
  6. Super Bomberman R*
  7. Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + *
  8. Just Dance 2017*
  9. Skylanders Imaginators*

April 2017 Top 10 Portable Titles

  1. Mario Sports Superstars*
  2. Pokemon Sun*
  3. Pokemon Moon*
  4. Super Mario Maker*
  5. Poochy & Yoshi's Wooly World*
  6. Super Smash Bros.*
  7. Mario Kart 7*
  8. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D*
  9. Super Mario 3D Land*
  10. New Super Mario Bros. 2*

2017 Top Games

These are the top-selling games year-to-date based on dollar sales.

  1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. For Honor
  3. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  5. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  6. Resident Evil 7
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  10. MLB 17: The Show

12 Months Rolling Through April 2017

These are the best-selling games (again, in terms of dollar sales) for the 12 months rolling through March 2017.

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. NBA 2K17
  4. Madden NFL 17
  5. Overwatch*
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. FIFA 17
  8. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  9. Final Fantasy XV
  10. For Honor

This story has been updated and corrected.

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