April 2017 NPD: PS4 Outsold by NES Classic, Infinite Warfare Outsold by Black Ops 2

May 19, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

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For the month of April 2017, total industry sales in the United States were up 10% year-over-year to $636 million, the NPD has revealed. This includes a 37% increase for hardware to $195 million, a 6% increase for console software to $304 million, and a 4% increase for accessories to $125 million.

NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said, “The Nintendo Switch was the catalyst for this growth with sales exceeding 280,000 units. The industry drove the highest April hardware dollar sales since April 2011.” Additionally, “Nintendo owned the top 2 platforms in unit sales for the month, with the Nintendo Switch at #1, followed by NES Classic.” The NPD didn’t say if the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in April 2017.

Looking at software, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe opened in 1st place, while Persona 5 finished in second and set a franchise record:

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.

The NPD also noted that Mario Kart is the best-selling racing franchise in the US, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II was able to place in 10th (and outsell Infinite Warfare) last month because it’s now backwards compatible on Xbox One.

Here’s the top 20 best-selling games (by revenue) of April 2017 in the US through physical and digital retailers, keeping in mind that digital sales aren’t included for Mario Kart 8, Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or the PC version of Overwatch:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. Persona 5
  3. The 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
  11. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  12. Horizon Zero Dawn
  13. LEGO City Undercover
  14. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  15. LEGO Worlds
  16. Rainbow Six Siege
  17. Battlefield 1
  18. For Honor
  19. NieR: Automata
  20. Minecraft

And here’s the top 10 best-selling PS4 games of April 2017 in the US:

  1. Persona 5
  2. MLB The Show 17
  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

As for the best-selling games of 2017 through April 2017, Ghost Recon Wildlands still holds the top spot:

  1. Ghost Recon Wildlands
  2. For Honor
  3. The 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 The Show 17

Finally, these are the 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months rolling through April 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

The rankings now include digital full game downloads for Sony and Microsoft.

What do you think the #1 best-selling game of May 2017 will be?

[Source: Games Industry, GameSpot, VentureBeat, NeoGAF]