April 2020 NPD Report: Video Game Software and Hardware Records are Shattered

The April 2020 NPD report for the US video game market is in and we have all the details about what the top selling hardware and software for the month were.

Total spending for the month reached $1.5 billion which was up 73% from what the market made in April 2019. This makes it a new record high for any April month in history topping the previous record set in April 2008. Total spending year to date is now at $4.5 billion which is 12% higher than it was at this time last year.

Hardware spending came out to $420 million in April 2020 which is up 163% when compared to April 2019. The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of Apil in both unit and dollar sales. All three platforms did very well though as dollar sales of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch each increased by more than 160 percent when compared to April 2019.

Software spending across consoles and PC was $662 million which was up 55% when compared to April 2019 and is a new record high for an April month.

The best selling game of the month was Final Fantasy VII Remake and it also instantly became the #3 best-selling game year-to-date. It is the best selling game of 2020 on PlayStation 4 and it set a new launch month Final Fantasy franchise sales record both in unit and dollar sales. The previous holder of that record was Final Fantasy XV which launched in Holiday 2016 and was a multiplatform release.

The #2 best selling game of the month was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Modern Warfare is currently the 4th fastest selling release in US tracked history. This is no doubt being fueled by the success of Call of Duty: Warzone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons also continues to be a hit as it was the #3 best selling game of the month. It sits as the 2nd best selling game of 2020 to date. Other worthy callouts are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered which finished at #7 and Predator: Hunting Grounds which placed at #15.

Below you can see the full top 20 selling games for the month of April 2020 as well as the top 10 selling games on each platform, and the top ten selling games over the past 12 months.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games of April 2020

  1. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Resident Evil 3
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered
  8. MLB: The Show 20
  9. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  10. Red Dead Redemption II
  11. Just Dance 2020
  12. FIFA 20 [EA Sports]
  13. Mortal Kombat 11
  14. Borderlands 3
  15. Predator: Hunting Grounds
  16. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  17. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
  18. Persona 5: Royal
  19. Need for Speed: Heat
  20. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Top 10 games of 2020 to date:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  3. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  6. MLB: The Show 20
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Resident Evil 3
  9. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*

Top 10 games over the last 12 months

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  4. Borderlands 3
  5. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. FIFA 20 [EA Sports]
  8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  9. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*

Top 10 PS4 games in April 2020

  1. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. NBA 2K20
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. MLB: The Show 20
  6. Resident Evil 3
  7. Predator: Hunting Grounds
  8. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  9. Persona 5: Royal
  10. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition

Top 10 Xbox One games in April 2020

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Resident Evil 3
  6. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
  10. FIFA 20 [EA Sports]

Top 10 Nintendo Switch games in April 2020

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  2. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  3. Just Dance 2020
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  7. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  8. Pokemon: Sword*
  9. Trials of Mana
  10. Super Mario Party*

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