Total retail videogame sales were down 25% year-over-year in the U.S. in April, the NPD Group reports. Meanwhile, retail software sales were down 17%.
The best-selling game for the month was Injustice: Gods Among Us, marking the first time since 2011’s Mortal Kombat that a fighting game has ranked in the NPD top-spot. Injustice, along with games like Dead Island: Riptide, and Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins drove software sales in April. Games that launched during the month saw an increase of 118% in unit sales and 130% in dollar sales compared to April 2012.
The overall 17% decline to software came from the weak performance of games that were launched prior to March, the NPD Group’s Liam Callahan says.
The top-10 best-selling games for the month of April (at retail) were as follows:RankTitleSystemPublisher01.Injustice: Gods Among Us360, PS3, Wii UWarner Bros.02.Dead Island: Riptide360, PS3, PCDeep Silver03.Bioshock Infinite360, PS3, PCTake 204.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2360, PS3, PC, Wii UActivision Blizzard05.Defiance360, PS3, PCTrion Worlds06.Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon3DSNintendo07.NBA 2K13360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PCTake 208.Skylanders GiantsWii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii UActivision Blizzard09.LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins3DSNintendo10.MLB 13: The ShowPS3, PSVSony
Reporting period: April 7th – May 5th, 2013.
Meanwhile, on the hardware front, the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console for the month once more. The system sold 130,000 units during April.
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