NPD: In April, Xbox 360 Beats All To Sell 297K Units, PS3 Up 13 Percent

The NPD results for the month of April came in last night, and there’s good news on all sides. Mortal Kombat lead the pack on the software sales front, topping all games to grab the number spot. Same story on the hardware front: All formats, bar Wii, saw year-on-year growth, with PS3 enjoying a 13 percent increase. Yet it was the Xbox 360 that once again stole the show, selling a massive 297,000 units in the U.S.

Get the full lot below the break.

“New physical retail sales of hardware, software and accessories showed notable growth in April versus last year. A 17% increase in unit sales translated into over 20% dollar growth due to higher average retail prices,” wrote the NPD’s Anita Frazier.

“Sales occurring in April resulted in 2% year-to-date dollar growth for new physical sales, reversing the negative trend up until March. All three categories experienced double-digit dollar growth compared to April 2010.”

The Easter Effect

According to the NPD, easter purchasing really helped the industry as opposed to the same period last year, which explained the $60 million increase.

On the hardware front, Xbox 360 realized the most growth, however all platforms were up compared to the same period last year, except the Wii.

“The PS3, PSP and Xbox 360 platforms saw an increase in unit sales versus April 2010. The Xbox 360 platform was the best selling of the month in terms of unit sales, followed by the Nintendo DS.”

King Of The Hill

Mortal Kombat was the best selling game in April, selling a respectable 900,000 copies across all platforms. It was followed by Portal 2, LEGO: Star Wars III and the diehard Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Here’s the full quencher:

1 – Mortal Kombat
2 – Portal 2
3 – LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
4 – Call of Duty: Black Ops
5 – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
6 – Crysis 2
7 – Just Dance 2
8 – Michael Jackson The Experience
9 – Pokemon White Version
10 – NBA 2K11

“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,” said Frazier. “The Nintendo DS, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 platforms all generated greater unit sales of content versus April 2010.”

Don’t Be Afraid for SOCOM 4

Although Zipper Interactive’s latest SOCOM title didn’t show up in the top ten, it sold a good amount of copies and could have actually be included.

“Games that would appear in the top ten ranking on a SKU basis for April include “NDS POKEMON BLACK VERSION,” and “PS3 SOCOM 4: U.S. NAVY SEALS.” If sales of the SOCOM Move accessory bundle were combined with software sales, this game would have ranked in the top ten titles as well,” Frazier assured.

Later adding: “Sony’s SOCOM 4: Full Deployment Bundle, which included the Sharpshooter as well as the Move, was the top new accessory release.”

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2 Comments on "NPD: In April, Xbox 360 Beats All To Sell 297K Units, PS3 Up 13 Percent"

  1. nick May 14, 2011 at 8:51 am -

    so happy to see portal 2 and MK at the top of the list!
    hopefully this will give netherelm confidence to stray away and give us a deception 2.
    loved deception, especially the konquest mode was so much fun!
    hopefully after portal 2s success companies will hopefully try get a slice of the……… cake.
    see, the cakes not a lie!
    ;)
    no seriously, we need more puzzle games!

  2. Ernice Gilbert May 14, 2011 at 9:02 am -

    Yes we do, agreed. More mind challenging stuff.

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