The NPD Group’s April 2019 analysis reveals a strong month for two of the big three.
The April 2019 report from the NPD Group has been released, and it indicates a strong month for Sony and Nintendo. The three best-selling video games of April 2019 are Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One), Days Gone, and MLB The Show 19. For those keeping track, that’s one Warner Bros. Interactive published title and two from Sony.
Over on the hardware side of things, the Nintendo Switch continued to shine, posting a year-over-year spending growth, while the PS4 and Xbox One saw a decline. The Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of April and has continued to remain 2019’s best-seller in both unit and dollar sales. Mortal Kombat 11 was the top-seller for the Switch, while Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Yoshi’s Crafted World took the second and third spots on the platform.
The biggest news out of April’s sales, however, was definitely the resurgence of Mortal Kombat and the success of Sony’s Days Gone. Mortal Kombat 11 instantly became the second best-selling game of 2019 thus far and was the best-selling game in April on every platform it released on. For Days Gone, it achieved the seventh-best launch month for a Sony-published game in the US, which says a lot when you consider Sony’s top sellers include Spider-Man and God of War. The sales success experienced by Bend Studio’s title bodes well for a future sequel on next-gen as Sony continues to build a strong foundation of PS4 exclusives.
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Although it finished second to Mortal Kombat 11, Days Gone‘s success strikes me as the bigger talking point of the month. PlayStation exclusives continue to thrive with each major release, and Days Gone was more critically polarizing than others. That it resonated with the PS4 player base so strongly—especially considering MK11 released on four platforms to Days Gone‘s one—means Sony has yet another exclusive it can build a sequel around for its next-gen console.
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