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April NPD: Industry Sales Tumble, Prototype 2 Tops Charts

Not a heck of a lot came out in April and consequently, industry sales slipped again.

The relatively well-received Prototype 2 topped a month where total industry sales fell 32% in the year-over-year comparison. Ironically enough, the original Prototype also topped the monthly sales charts when it launched in July 2009, and also when industry sales fell 31%.

The NPD Group's numbers for April 2012 show that Kinect Star Wars and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were numbers two and three respectively, while the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console for the 16th straight month. The Kinect Star Wars 360 bundle helped boost system sales a little but despite that, hardware sales were down 32% to $189.7 million. Non-PC software fell 42% to $292.1 million.

As for Sony, here's their monthly statement from SCEA Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Dan Race:

"According to the April NPD, the PlayStation ecosystem continues to grow with exclusive titles such as MLB12: The Show landing in the top 5 SKUs. Digital-only software titles, including Journey for PS3 and Escape Plan for PS Vita, helped to further bolster growth. PS Vita is gaining momentum as major new software titles like Mortal Kombat and social applications, such as Skype, saw strong demand with consumers. With E3 around the corner, PlayStation remains laser focused on continuing to deliver the industry's best gaming experiences."

We definitely need games like Max Payne 3 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier to help the industry rebound in May.

Tags: npd sales, april npd, game sales, gaming industry

5/10/2012 8:22:59 PM John Shepard

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 10:00:31 PM

Everyone is waiting for the biggies in may. Diablo 3 and Max Payne are huge titles especially for long time gamers. Dragons Dogma, Starhawk, Tera and probably a couple others all come out in May so what seems like happened is people held on to their money.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 10:31:37 PM

It's always hard to spin April into a good month. The fact that a low rated piece of garbage like Star Wars Kinect can grab number 2 either says it is a King among crap or that the wool is now squarely over the eyes of consumers. Bad news for sane gamers either way.

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Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 2:10:45 AM

Well, personally, I don't care much. I realise now that its too costly to keep up with everything going on so I am just picking up the odd game if and when I can.

There are a lot of older titles I want to play through, like Dirt3, GoWIII, Uncharted 1 etc etc... so between picking these up on special and peppering those older titles with new AAA purchases, it will take me years to work through these games...

I read somewhere that Bioshock Infinity is delayed... must admit Max Payne looks good...



Last edited by Qubex on 5/11/2012 2:12:04 AM

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 11:37:23 PM

I'm keeping myself busy with Trials Evolution, replaying LA Noire, uni work and part time work.

Heading into full time employment, I'm only interested the big ones....

Max Payne 3, GTA V, Bioshock Infinite, Diablo 3, Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Resident Evil 6, Dead Space 3 and The Last Guardian. On the PSN front, I'm interested in Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD and Sonic 4 Episode 2.

So yeah... plenty of time to save up for those titles, especially since many aren't being released til 2013.

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Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 5:57:30 AM

+1 to trials evolution!
freaking love that game!
its so god dam hard, but so rewarding at the same time!

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Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 2:21:22 AM

Does me buying Diablo 3 in april count ?? ( or is this only consoles ndp used ) I m sure lots of people like me bought it online so they can pre download it to be rdy at midninght ( hopefully i don t work that night ) .

Yeah Qubex infinite delayed until february 2013. Kinda suck but at the same time there are so many great game out near it s original release date that it s easy to get over it .

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Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 5:56:46 AM

cant count games that release in may, even if there paid for and pre loaded in april.
diablo 3 does not release till the 15th.

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Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 5:58:49 AM

not exactly surprising.
of course april this year was going to be a slump over last year.
prototype 2 up against mortal kombat and portal 2.
yea it was never a contest!
this month will be a different story with diablo 3, max payne 3 and ghost recon.
3 of the biggest franchises of all time!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012 @ 12:36:31 PM

wonder whose waiting on a exclusively launch title to pick up a system. heck i brought mine launch without any games... thats all I could afford at that moment. lol

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