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April NPD 2018: Sony’s God of War Dominates the Charts

Sony has now shattered records in April’s NPD Sales. With God of War dominating the sales charts for April being the highest selling exclusive on any Sony console and PS4 selling the most software ever in April topping out the Xbox 360 record in April 2008. Far Cry 5 comes in at #2 on the list, Ubisoft remains the top revenue generating publisher year to date. MLB The Show 18 being the second highest selling exclusive in 2018 as it rounds out the top 3 of the NPD sales.

Ps4 has also broken the record for hardware sold in April, it remains best-selling console year to date since the Nintendo Wii in 2009. The Dual Shock 4 in Black is now the best selling controller of all time in dollar sales. Lastly headset sales have been increasing. Sales of Headsets/Headphones grew 89% in April 2018 when compared to a year ago. Year to date, Headsets/Headphones spending has increased 80%. The Xbox One Ear Force Stealth 600 Wireless Headset from Turtle Beach is the best-selling Headset/Headphone for both April 2018 as well as 2018 year to date. Below is a more detailed look at the NPD sales for April and categorized by console and f ew more tidbits about the record breaking sales.

SOFTWARE

God of War was April’s best-selling game: The PS4 exclusive from Santa Monica Studios achieved the highest ever launch month dollar sales for a title launched exclusively on a PlayStation platform. Sony was April’s top-selling publisher, driven by the success of God of War.

PlayStation 4 software breaks a record: PlayStation 4 software dollar sales in April 2018 set an all-time April high for any platform since tracking began in 1995. The record had previously been held by Xbox 360 and was set in April 2008.

MLB 18 continues its strong performance: MLB 18: The Show repeated its launch month ranking from March, once again placing at number three on the April revenues chart. MLB 18: The Show is the year’s second best-selling exclusive to date, trailing only God of War.

Ubisoft is this years top publisher: Far Cry 5 was April’s second best-selling game in dollar sales, and remains the years’ top seller. Ubisoft remains the top revenue generating publisher year to date.

Nintendo Labo debuts on the charts: Nintendo Labo Variety Kit debuts as the fourth best-selling game of April in dollar sales, while the Robot Kit came in at number 21 on the charts.

HARDWARE & ACCESSORIES

PlayStation 4 hardware breaks a record: Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console hardware platform in April, and remains the best-selling console hardware platform year to date. PlayStation 4 generated the highest April unit sales for a Console since Nintendo Wii in April 2009, and the highest April dollar sales for a Console since Nintendo Wii in April 2008.

Year to date spending grows: For the 2018 year to date period, hardware spending has increased 14% to $1.2 billion. Spending gains for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Plug N Play devices such as the SNES Classic have driven growth.

PS4 Pro sales get a boost: The PS4 Pro 1TB Limited Edition God of War bundle was the month’s best-selling hardware item in dollar sales, while the Switch 32GB with Neon Red/Blue Joy Con was the leading hardware item in unit sales.

Gamepad Sales are up: Gamepad spending increased 7% in April 2018 compared to a year ago and is up 23% year to date. The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Black was April’s top-selling Accessory and remains the best-selling Accessory year to date. The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Black is now the all-time best-selling Gamepad in dollar sales.

Headset sales increase: Sales of Headsets/Headphones grew 89% in April 2018 when compared to a year ago. Year to date, Headsets/Headphones spending has increased 80%. The Xbox One Ear Force Stealth 600 Wireless Headset from Turtle Beach is the best-selling Headset/Headphone for both April 2018 as well as 2018 year to date.

RANKINGS

  1. God of War 2018
  2. Far Cry 5
  3. MLB 18: The Show
  4. Labo Variety Kit
  5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Call of Duty: WWII
  9. Super Mario Odyssey*
  10. NBA 2K18
  11. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds^
  12. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  14. Monster Hunter: World
  15. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  16. A Way Out^
  17. Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life*
  18. Sea Of Thieves
  19. Kirby Star Allies*
  20. FIFA 18^

* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included

Xbox One

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  3. Sea Of Thieves
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. A Way Out
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

PS4

  1. God of War 2018
  2. Far Cry 5
  3. MLB 18: The Show
  4. Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life*
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Call of Duty: WWII
  7. Monster Hunter: World
  8. NBA 2K18
  9. A Way Out
  10. FIFA 18

Nintendo Switch*

  1. Labo Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit
  2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  3. Mario Kart 8
  4. Super Mario Odyssey
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Kirby Star Allies
  7. Labo Toy-Con 02 Robot Kit
  8. Splatoon 2
  9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  10. Pokken Tournament DX

Year to Date

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. Monster Hunter: World
  3. God of War 2018
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. NBA 2K18
  8. MLB 18: The Show
  9. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds^
  10. Mario Kart 8*

[via ResetERA]

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