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Sales-Age NPD: April video game disc sales up 8%. All 3 systems break April hardware sales records

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NPD: April Video Game Disc Sales Up 8%

Sales of packaged media video games for consoles and hand-held devices reportedly topped $251 million in the four-week April retail period, ending May 2, an increase of 8% from $232.4 million during the previous-year period.

The uptick in software sales was largely driven by stay-at-home gamers buying content on the Internet due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic shuttering most retailers, including GameStop.

The two top sellers in April were Nintendo’s March release Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Switch and Square Enix’s new release Final Fantasy VII Remake, exclusively for PlayStation 4. Another popular title, NBA 2K20 from Take-Two Entertainment has reportedly sold more than 12 million units since launching on Sept. 6, 2019 — up 33% from the previous title, NBA 2K19.

“We believe that robust Internet spending was largely offset by store closures and curbside service across much of the country, with room left over for year-over-year retail growth in April following a breakout March performance,” Michael Pachter, media analyst with Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, wrote in a May 22 note.

Pachter, who disclosed the NPD data, revealed that about 411,000 PS4 consoles were sold in April, exceeding his estimate of 235,000 units. Consumers bought 329,000 Xbox One units topping the analyst’s 175,000 unit estimate.

The popular Nintendo Switch device continues to lead the market with 808,000 units sold — double Pachter’s 400,000 unit estimate.

“The Switch’s status as a must-have item among many stay-at-home consumers drove a terrific April figure that would have been meaningfully higher if not for widespread sellouts throughout the month,” Pachter wrote. “The Switch led industry unit sales for the 17th consecutive month.”

Sony and Microsoft plan to launch new-generation PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles, respectively, this fall/winter.

Source: Media Play News


April 2020 NPD: Final Fantasy 7 Remake is the best-selling game of the month

Some truly wild results await.

What you need to know
  • The April 2020 NPD results are in.
  • Spending for the month hit a record high.
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake was the best-selling game of the month.
Every month, the NPD Group releases information on the top-selling games across all video game platforms in the United States. While it doesn't account for worldwide sales, it does provide a good look at one of the largest video game markets. Mat Piscatella, an analyst for NPD, has shared the results for April 2020, tracked from April 5 to May 2.

Spending hit a record high in the month of April 2020, with the sales of the Nintendo Switch breaking the record set by the Wii in 2008. Sales of Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were up 160% year-over-year altogether. Final Fantasy 7 Remake makes its debut at #1 on the chart and is instantly the third best-selling game of 2020. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Animal Crossing: New Horizons also keep on going strong at #2 and #3 for the month respectively.
Like always, remember that NPD is based on dollar sales, not units sold.

Here are the April 2020 results:
  • Total sales: $1.467 billion, up 73% year-over-year.
  • Video games hardware: $420 million, up 163% year-over-year.
  • PC and video games software: $662 million, up 55% year-over-year.
April 2020 NPD: Here are the top 20 games sold in the U.S.
  1. Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Resident Evil 3
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
  8. MLB: The Show 20
  9. Madden NFL 20
  10. Red Dead Redemption II
  11. Just Dance 2020
  12. FIFA 20
  13. Mortal Kombat 11
  14. Borderlands 3
  15. Predator: Hunting Grounds
  16. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  17. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  18. Persona 5: Royal
  19. Need for Speed: Heat
  20. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  • *Does not include digital sales
  • **Does not include Steam sales
  • ***Minecraft digital sales include Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but not other digital sales.
Here are the best-selling games of April 2020 by platform:
PlayStation 4
  1. Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. NBA 2K20
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. MLB: The Show 20
  6. Resident Evil 3
  7. Predator: Hunting Grounds
  8. Madden NFL 20
  9. Persona 5: Royal
  10. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
Xbox One
  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Resident Evil 3
  6. Madden NFL 20
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  10. FIFA 20
Nintendo Switch
  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  3. Just Dance 2020
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  7. Luigi's Mansion 3*
  8. Pokemon Sword*
  9. Trials of Mana
  10. Super Mario Party*
Here are the top 10 best-selling games of 2020 in the U.S. so far:
  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  3. Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  6. MLB: The Show 20
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Resident Evil 3
  9. Madden NFL 20
  10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
Source: Android Central
 
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The popular Nintendo Switch device continues to lead the market with 808,000 units sold — double Pachter’s 400,000 unit estimate.

“The Switch’s status as a must-have item among many stay-at-home consumers drove a terrific April figure that would have been meaningfully higher if not for widespread sellouts throughout the month,” Pachter wrote. “The Switch led industry unit sales for the 17th consecutive month.”

 
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No Nioh in the Top 10 for PS4 :messenger_crying:

Ori not charting on Xbox's list as well. Then again who wouldn't get for $1 in Gamepass. Truly a third party box if we look at that recurring list for most of the year - terrible gen for them.
 
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FF7R for PS4 spot one.
XBOX not even on the list.

whut?!

Nintendo is killing it. Great for them <3
 

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Damn Nintendo, you are killing it!.. I didn’t like FFVIIR but I’m glad it’s a success. Hopefully we can get the next one by 2023 or 2024
 
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1.5m consoles in April, with stock shortages. yeah there are some exceptional circumstances, but even so, amazing numbers.

also nice to see Pachter;s estimates are reliable as ever
 
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It's funny how slow publishers are to get the fact that u can make Switch exclusive to be massive AAA seller for the 1/4 the budget of Next Get Tittle. .
And then port it to other consoles 2 years later to make even more money.
And not releasing Bad Company 2 Remastered for Switch is just absurd. I do not get EA.
As the bad guy from Advance Warfare said “and hasn’t worked not even once!”
 

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Nice that gaming seems to fare well during many of these crises..

The same happened in 2008, and 2001 too. The analysts were saying gaming would see a negative trend, but it continued to go up..
 
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And then hardware sales will nosedive in May? Since the supply chain is not there and no consoles available?
Also, Sony and MS will keep printing money through sales from PSN and XBL I suppose?
 

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Animal Crossing is gonna be the best selling game of the year methinks, and it's gonna frustrate the hell out of some folks in the process.
 
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Happy to see both Call of Duty and Final Fantasy do well. Modern Warfare and FF7 Remake are huge returns to form for their respective franchises (albeit each with some flaws)

Animal Crossing is a monster as expected.
 
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Animal Crossing is gonna be the best selling game of the year methinks, and it's gonna frustrate the hell out of some folks in the process.
Why ? Animal Crossing has always being an outstanding IP, since the beginning. Like Monster Hunter World it was about time millions of people around the world finally see how great the franchise is, the success is deserved.
 
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Wow...Switch is just on another level! Jesus

Wonder if the Switch will ultimately outsell the PS4 by the end of its lifetime
 
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But what about that thread about how Nintendo will handle the next generation, gonna flop anytime now.
 

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Happy to see both Call of Duty and Final Fantasy do well. Modern Warfare and FF7 Remake are huge returns to form for their respective franchises (albeit each with some flaws)

Animal Crossing is a monster as expected.

I couldn't agree more. One the MONEY!
 
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Wow...Switch is just on another level! Jesus

Wonder if the Switch will ultimately outsell the PS4 by the end of its lifetime

It could, but it depends on Sony jumping ship quickly to the PS5 and Nintendo being willing to drop stuff like a new Pokemon and Mario Kart 9.

What I think is almost certain at this point is that it is going to outsell the Wii.
 
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It's so weird seeing Switch hardware so high but so few Nintendo evergreens in the top 20. Guess there's been a big shift towards digital.

Also nice to see Mana on the Switch chart.
 

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But what about that thread about how Nintendo will handle the next generation, gonna flop anytime now.

Next generation hasn't hit yet, reality of the massive difference hasn't had a chance to set in yet.

Switch will be on fire until it's not, which will probably be until mid to end next year where it will start to decline finally.
 
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Good for everybody, nice to see games/hardware move. It is easy to break the numbers down and talk bad, but this rise is good for gaming as a whole.
 
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Next generation hasn't hit yet, reality of the massive difference hasn't had a chance to set in yet.

Switch will be on fire until it's not, which will probably be until mid to end next year where it will start to decline finally.

Such a nonsense take. The Switch barely gets any games that come to the other systems as it is. The only thing that will slow Switch down is lacking lineup and saturation. The switch is in a different playing field, it won't impact the next systems and they won't impact it just like the 3ds isn't impacted by the release of a ps4. The Switch will likely become the second highest selling Nintendo system in history and a higher seller than anything MS has put out, and easily higher than ps1 and ps3. It's also likely going to have a record breaking year this year if the supply can keep up. The only thing that will be hurt by the next systems is their current gen siblings.
 

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Glad to see games like Luigi's Mansion 3 and Persona 5 Royal on the list. I'm sad that Sakura Wars is not there but I can't say I'm surprised since games like that just don't do big number in west.

I just hope Saga had realistic expectation for Sakura Wars and wont stop releasing next games in west like Capcom did with Ace Attorney.
 
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It's funny how slow publishers are to get the fact that u can make Switch exclusive to be massive AAA seller for the 1/4 the budget of Next Get Tittle. .
...Because that's totally untrue? These massive sellers on Switch tend to be always made by Nintendo and are known Nintendo owned IPs. Generally third party Nintendo platform exclusives fail in terms of sales.
 

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...Because that's totally untrue? These massive sellers on Switch tend to be always made by Nintendo and are known Nintendo owned IPs. Generally third party Nintendo platform exclusives fail in terms of sales.
Didn't Mario + Rabbits that made by Ubisoft sold well? also.....


Also....


The game sold 188,238 physical copies within its first two months on sale in Japan, and placed at number one on the all-format sales chart. By August 2018, the game had sold over a million copies worldwide. As of January 2019, the combined physical and digital sales of the game have exceeded 1.5 million copies worldwide.
 
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