Top Ten Best-Selling Games in the US for April 2016

Dark Souls 3 tops the list, while last month's number one, The Division, slips to fourth.

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What were the best-selling new physical games in the US for April 2016? Now we know, thanks to the NPD Group, which has released its sales report for last month. Just like April's PlayStation digital game sales, both Dark Souls III and Ratchet & Clank top the list.

MLB The Show 16, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Grand Theft Auto V round out the top five, and you can see the full top ten list at the bottom of this article.

The report says Dark Souls III's sales nearly doubled that of Dark Souls II when adjusting for the number of days it had on the market. Despite its strong performance, last month's sales are down by 21 percent to $203.9 million from $256.7 million when compared to the same period last year. Mortal Kombat X's April 2015 sales alone exceeded all of April 2016's new launches by 18 percent.

NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan says that this past April "saw declines in seventh generation software of $27.9 million exceed the $22 million decrease in sales relative to eighth generation."

Callahan said the PS4's Ratchet & Clank had the best launch of any game in the series when adjusted for the number of days sold. He noted that it "recaptured success not seen for the franchise" since the PS2.

A Nintendo spokesperson shared a statement, noting that if all games were broken up by individual platforms, then Star Fox Zero, Bravely Second: End Layer, and Pokken Tournament would place at the number 6, 9, and 10 spots respectively. Star Fox Zero was the 10th best-selling game last month when based on overall sales.

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Microsoft's CVP of Xbox Marketing, Mike Nichols, said in a statment that "April 2016 was the best month in history for global engagement on Xbox One," thanks to games like Quantum Break, The Division, and Dark Souls III.

"We received a strong response to the Gears of War 4 Versus Multiplayer Beta last month, which lasted two weeks and attracted more than 1.6 million unique players who helped us test and shape what is expected to be our biggest game of the year," Nichols said.

"Gaming on Windows continues to grow with Quantum Break and Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition launching on Windows 10 in April and over nine billion hours of gameplay logged on Windows 10 since launch. It’s a great time for the industry, and we thank our fans for their continued support. We look forward to sharing more on our vision and plans for continuing to deliver the best gaming experience on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Live this year at E3 in June."

When asked, Sony declined to provide its regular NPD statement.

Last month, The Division topped the list, while Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 slid from two to nine.

You can check out the top ten best-selling physical games in the US in the list below:

  1. Dark Souls III
  2. Ratchet & Clank
  3. MLB The Show 16
  4. The Division
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Minecraft
  7. Quantum Break
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  9. NBA 2K16
  10. Star Fox Zero

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Minecraft still kicking !!! , divison is on 4th people love when they are wasting money on trash seems, but who am i to judge one man's trash another man's treasure :D

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Dark Souls III outsold Quantum Break. That's interesting. I always thought that series was just a small but hardcore dedicated and vocal fanbase.

QB got outsold by GTA5 which is a 3 year old game that's already hit 60 million copies. Who still doesn't own that game? That's more copies sold than there are PS4s.

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Damn. Quantum Break was a straight flop, huh? 7th place in the opening month. Ouch.

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@reduc_ab_: Can't help but notice how you praised SFV for opening in 7th place in February since it was against multiplats, yet here you are saying 7th place is terrible.

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@reduc_ab_: This did much better than Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider didn't even chart.

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@lostn: We all know reason why TR sucked and had nto sold much even after it came to PC, Reason is that it was Xone shitxclusive then when it came to PC they got what they desereve Punch in the face let's wait when there will be Master edition or something for PS4,PC.

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@wexorian: The game looks interesting to me but the PC sys requirements are beyond what I can handle, and I don't have X1. Also, I don't feel like waiting for PS4 version, or rewarding Square for their greed at PS gamers' expense. So I'll pass until it is on sale for dirt cheap.

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@reduc_ab_: It was a few numbers higher when it came out. Plus the game is only available in Xbox one and PC. 7 of the games in the list are available for multiple platforms and that's how they selling much better also.

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@angrycreep: It came out in April. The month that this chart covers. And it was early April at that.

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@reduc_ab_: Wasnt it a no.1 in the first week?

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@sladakrobot: Dunno.

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I would ask what MLB the show is but the lack of articles on the site points to no one on here knowing either.

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@lrdfancypants:

It's Sony's yearly baseball simulator. It consistently scores in the mid to upper 80s and is well praised. It's a bit niche, but as the only licensed professional baseball game, it makes the PS4 the system of choice for baseball fans.

I'm surprised it outsold Quantum Break.

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@Lacerz: It has a following, people wait for it every year or whenever.

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Can invading be turned off in Dark Souls 3?

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@sladakrobot: Being invaded is part of whole fun come on!!! :)

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@wexorian: For others yes but not for me.
An option to turn it off wouldnt hurt

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@sladakrobot: log off from the network.

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@sladakrobot: You can change your settings to not automatically log onto the network. If you do this you won't be able to see ppl's messages, but you can be all Lord of Cinder'd and not risk invasion

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@meluvulongtime8: Now that sound great..thanx

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@sladakrobot: Why the f#ck you wanna do that?

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@Gomtor: Coz i am mainly a solo player and i find it pretty annoying when some "invader" interupts my progress in the game.

I am all concentrated on fighting enemies and exploring new areas and all that interrupts by someone (who is obviously using a character extra built for invading).
I used the "party" trick in DS1 to avoid all invadings and enjoyed the game.
I was happy about the co-op aspects as i needed help to defeat the Four Kings but i not a big fan of PvE in such games!

Being unable to turn invadings off in DS2 was the reason i never bought/played it.
The same will happen with DS3 :-(

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@sladakrobot: Unplugging your console works too.

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@sladakrobot: don't ember?

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Dark Souls 3 is pretty good ya'll.

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Edited By sampson3121

7th ? oh my! what a fail.

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@sampson3121: What have you created lately that's made a top ten list? There are many, many developers that would give their left nut to have a game at number 7 on a list of top selling games. If you honestly consider that a fail, you must have an awful lot of disappointment in your life with such high expectations.

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@bdrtfm: Stop being a butthurt fanboy. What he said will be true regardless of what he has and hasn't created since they don't impact this game's performance at all...

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@bdrtfm: lol they are just games man take a chill pill.

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@bdrtfm: the things i create sell. fail, sorry it's not personal. all the hype around this game and 7th is all? MLB and RC outsold it. i respect the devs. just think some bots need a wake up call. take care.

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@sampson3121: It's true. They spent so much on advertising and hype that for the game to sit at 7th is pretty devastating for MS. The game was billed as so much more than what it has turned out to be.

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@reduc_ab_: Yes let's not forget the integrated live action episodes were supposed to be this great new thing. Of course it was pretty obvious they wouldn't be, similar things have been said and tried before and it never works out.

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@hystavito: After I've seen some gameplay footage which included a bit of the first TV sequence, I'd say they wanted to avoid making CG cutscenes or cutting the graphics cost a bit. Alll it did was make the game worse, apparently

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