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NPD Sales For April 2016

April wasn’t a fantastic month for video game sales, at least at retail. There’s not a tracking service in place yet for digital goods sold, so it’s difficult to get a perfect picture of the health of the gaming industry. Looking at this April compared to last year’s April, hardware sales were down 23%, software was down 21%, and accessories were up 4%. In total, gamers spent $509.5 million this April versus $598.1 million last April.


Nintendo only had one game make the top 10 software sales for April: Star Fox Zero for the Wii U. It came in at number 10 on the list, but it would have been number 5 if you look at the games on a platform by platform basis instead of combining sales from all systems into one number. If that type of reporting were used, Bravely Second would have come in at number 9 on the list. The overall top 10 software for April was:


  1. Dark Souls III (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
  3. MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  4. Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  6. Minecraft (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3)
  7. Quantum Break (Xbox One)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  9. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  10. Star Fox: Zero (Wii U)


May should be an even worse month for Nintendo as no retail releases are planned for this month. The next major retail game will be Kirby: Planet Robobot on June 10.

[Source: Venturebeat]

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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