Update: According to NetherRealm’s Ed Boon, the NPD figures don’t count “special versions” of Mortal Kombat, in which case the game sold over 1 million units in April. Sony also confirmed to 1UP that the 13% increase in PS3 systems sold is year-over-year, in which case that adds up to about 204,304 PS3s. And Nintendo confirmed its systems’ sales figures, according to MarketWatch: 172,000 Wiis (down 38% from April 2010) and 194,000 3DSes.
Original Story: Mortal Kombat was the best selling game in the month of April, according to the latest figures released by the NPD Group. It sold nearly 900,000 units between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. Portal 2 was the next best-selling game, although no specific numbers for Valve’s latest game were cited. That’s just as well, as the game undoubtedly sold a great deal through Steam, the numbers from which would not be included in the NPDs.
Call of Duty: Black Ops, which was the best-selling game from its release until March, managed to still make a very respectable appearance at number four. It was topped by Lego Star Wars III at number three, which shot up several spots from its debut at number six in March. Just Dance 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience returned to the top ten, and NBA 2K11 continues to sell well, thanks in part to the lack of competition from EA. Homefront and Dragon Age II, two of March’s top games, fell from the list completely. Five games sold over 250,000 units during the month, up from two during April 2010.
SOCOM 4 and Pokemon Black both would have made the top ten if sales across all platforms weren’t combined. SOCOM 4 also would have made the list if the game’s PlayStation Move bundle had its sales combined with those of the standalone game. Keep in mind that the PSN downtime began on April 20, which could have impacted sales of online-focused PS3 games, including SOCOM, although it was thought that it would be back online within a matter of days at the time.
“April 2011 represents the first month that new physical retail sales of content showed growth in both units and dollars since November of last year,” said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. “The Xbox 360 platform generated the greatest unit sales of new physical content at over 3.5 million units for the month, followed by the Nintendo DS platform. The Nintendo DS, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 platforms all generated greater unit sales of content versus April 2010.”
On the hardware side, specific numbers weren’t shared with the press, as per the usual. However, having sold more consoles than any other platform during the month, Microsoft has opted to announce that it sold 297,000 Xbox 360 systems during April. That’s a 60% increase year-over-year, which Microsoft says is the largest growth for any current-gen console. (It also noted that Dance Central has sold 2.5 million units worldwide, while Kinect Sports has sold 3 million units. It didn’t specify if these figures were the numbers sold to consumers or retailers.)
Sony declined to provide sales figures for any of its platforms, only saying that PS3 hardware sales were up almost 13% and PS3 software sales were up 40% 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,” said Sony’s Patrick Seybold in a statement. “We hope to have services restored as soon as we can.”
Nintendo has yet to release any sort of statement, which is somewhat telling. It’s admitted previously that the 3DS hasn’t sold as well as it anticipated, and the upcoming Wii price cut is clearly in order to prevent a further decline in sales.
The software top ten follows:
1.Mortal Kombat (PS3, 360)**
2.Portal 2 (360, PS3, PC)
3.Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, NDS, 360, 3DS, PS3, PC)
4.Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)**
5.Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (360, PS3, Wii)**
6.Crysis 2 (360, PS3, PC)
7.Just Dance 2 (Wii)
8.Michael Jackson The Experience (360, Wii, PS3, NDS, PSP)
9.Pokemon White Version (NDS)
10.NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
We’ll update this story if we learn more.