April NPD: Sales Rise, Gamers Love Mortal Kombat
Check it out: the gaming world still loves Mortal Kombat.
The NPD Group has released their findings for the month of April and there's good news all around: sales are up across the board, starting with overall industry retail sales hitting $961.2 million, which is a 20% jump over last year's April haul.
Software sales were up 24% and NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat reboot led the charge with around 900,000 copies sold. Valve's excellent Portal 2 came in second on the charts, followed by LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and the ever-present Call of Duty: Black Ops. Now, as a side note, the NPD says SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs would've cracked the top 10 if they counted sales of the PlayStation Move bundle that includes Zipper Interactive's latest. Overall, five games topped the 250,000 sales mark, as opposed to only two in April 2010.
Hardware sales were also up, with non-PC sales of game systems rising 21% to $279.9 million. Microsoft's Xbox 360 led the way with 297,000 units sold and in a statement by SCEA Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Patrick Seybold, we learn PlayStation 3 sales were up 13%:
"NPD reported that the PlayStation 3 continues to see double-digit hardware growth. PS3 hardware sales are up nearly 13% and our PS3 software sales showed a 40% increase year-over-year. We continue to see a lot of great momentum at the retail level, and appreciate the support we've received from our partners, retailers and customers since the criminal attack on the PlayStation Network. We hope to have services restored as soon as we can."
5/12/2011 8:43:33 PM Ben Dutka