Mortal Kombat 11 Beats Up Days Gone, Switch Top Console Again in April Says NPD

May 22, 2019
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The NPD Group have released their full North American sales data for April, and spending was about on par with the same month last year. Consumers spent $842 million on games and hardware, up only 1 percent year-on-year. Hardware sales were down nearly 30 percent, but software saw a 15 percent boost.

On the hardware front, the Nintendo Switch continued it’s 2019 winning ways, as both the PS4 and Xbox One continue to slump. The software charts were topped by Mortal Kombat 11, followed by the PS4-exclusive Days Gone. No other new debuts made the list, but March releases The Division 2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Yoshi’s Crafted World held steady in the top 10.

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Here are April’s top-20 games according NPD:

  1. Mortal Kombat 11
  2. Days Gone
  3. MLB 19: The Show
  4. Tom Clancy’s 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 X2/X-2 HD Remaster
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  18. Jump Force
  19. Battlefield V
  20. Borderlands

And here are the NPD best-sellers of 2019 so far:

  1. Kingdom Hearts III
  2. Mortal Kombat 11
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  4. Anthem
  5. Resident Evil 2
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  9. Jump Force
  10. MLB 19: The Show

Overall, not a bad month for the industry. Yes, sales only grew 1 percent, but given the PS4 and Xbox One are very much in their final days, any increase at all is a surprise. It will be interesting to see which early 2019 titles have legs and continue to sell through the summer months.

What games did you pick up last month? Anything about the April NPD numbers surprise you?

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