The NPD Group an American market research company, has released their video games sales report, broken down by gaming industry analyst Mat Piscatella, for April 2019—revealing what consoles, games, and accessories topped the industry in the U.S. that month.
Looking at games sales, Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling game for April, and is currently the second best-selling game of 2019—just behind Kingdom Hearts III—for now. Mortal Kombat 11 is also the best-selling game on every platform it’s been released on (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch) for the month, making it the first third-party game to be the Switch’s top-selling title for a month since Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle in 2017.
The second best-selling game for April 2019 was Days Gone, which has achieved the seventh largest sales ever in its launch month for a Sony-published game. Since its release, it’s become Sony Bend’s best-selling game ever. MLB The Show 19 came in third in sales for April, though it remains the best-selling sports game of 2019 so far, as several large titles are yet to come, such as FIFA 20 and Madden 20.
These were the top 10 best-selling games in the U.S. for April 2019 across all platforms:
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Days Gone
- MLB The Show 19
- The Division 2*
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate**
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice*
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4*
- NBA 2K19
- Yoshi’s Crafted World**
* PC digital sales not included
** Digital sales not included
Video game software saw a 15% increase in dollar sales compared to April 2018; meanwhile, hardware spending decreased 29% since April 2018. Overall sales across console, PC, and portable in April 2019 totaled to $427 million.
On the console side of things, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console for April 2019, beating out the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Specifically, the 32GB neon red and blue iteration of the Switch is the best-selling individual piece of hardware for 2019 so far.
Lastly, accessories and game cards sales increased 5% from April 2018, reaching $256 million. The best-selling accessory for the month was the Amiibo Super Smash Bros. Series 1 packs, though the DualShock 4 controller for PS4 is currently the best-selling accessory for 2019.
Combining hardware, software, and accessories sales, total video game spending came out to $842 million in the U.S. this past April, up 1% from last year. For 2019 overall so far, total spending decreased to $4 billion—a 2% drop.