Thanks to a variety of factors, including Easter happening in March, the NPD reports that retail sales in the US were down 25% over last year, finishing at $495.2 million. This number was broken down with software at $267.8 million (down 17%), hardware dropping a major 42% to $109.5 million, and accessories posting $131.4 million (down 19%).
While those software numbers may be down as a whole, Liam Callahan, NPD Analyst, notes that the April 2013 new releases were “up 118 percent in unit sales and 130 percent in dollar sales” compared to those in 2012. Whereas one reason he adds for the 17% drop is that “when looking at video games launching in March 2012, month 2 sales represented 25 percent of the total first two months of sales, which contracted to 17 percent for March 2013 launches.”
Here’s the top 10 best-selling games across all systems at retail from April 2013:
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Dead Island: Riptide
- BioShock Infinite
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
- NBA 2K13
- Skylanders Giants
- LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins
- MLB 13: The Show
Are you happy to see Injustice at #1? What do you think the May best-seller will be? Let us know in the comments below.