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April 2021 NPD: Switch #1 For 29 Consecutive Months

Sales results for the American video game industry are in for the month of April, 2021 and there aren’t too many surprises. Overall, spending on video games came in at $4.6 billion, down 2% when compared to April of 2020. For the year the industry is still up 21%, but now that we’re comparing sales to historic highs set during the height of the pandemic and the fact that the industry is becoming even more constrained due to the microchip shortages, it might be a difficult to maintain an increase throughout the year. Time will tell!

Even though April video game hardware dollar sales fell 30% when compared to 2020’s April, year to date hardware is still up 42%. Once again, and for the 29th month in a row, the Nintendo Switch is the best selling hardware platform. For the year it maintains the lead in both units and dollar sales. As long as Nintendo can keep pumping out the Switch consoles and the competition had trouble ramping up supply, Nintendo should be able to maintain its position.

Accessories declined 23% versus a year ago, but are still up 22% year-to-date. Once again the PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller was the top selling accessory in dollar sales and continues to be for 2021 year-to-date.

Here are the top selling software titles for April of 2021. Keep in mind that Nintendo still doesn’t report digital sales, whereas most other companies do, which has an impact on the placement of its titles:


New Pokémon Snap debuted at number 3 in the charts, despite only having a few days on the reporting period and no digital sales included. MLB: The Show 21 came in at number 1, no doubt thanks in part to it being on the Xbox for the first time ever. Nintendo was the publisher with the most titles in the top 20 with 8 of the spots for the month!


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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