God of War Had One of the Best Launches for a PlayStation Exclusive Ever

God of War Had One of the Best Launches for a PlayStation Exclusive Ever

PlayStation and God of War dominated April according to NPD.

To say Sony and PlayStation had a good month would be an understatement. Thanks in no small part by the success of God of War, the PlayStation 4 had the best, all-time software dollar sales of any April since the NPD first started tracking the industry in 1995.

It might honestly just be easier to list PlayStation's achievements for April than keep mentioning how good PlayStation had it this month. God of War, which came out on the last week of April, was the best-selling game of the month. It also had the all-time highest ever launch month dollar sales for any exclusive on the PlayStation. Not just for the PS4, but any PlayStation console ever.

In terms of hardware, the PS4 was the best-selling console of the month, beating both the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The PS4 also generated the highest April unit sales for a console since the Nintendo Wii back in April 2008. The PS4 Pro God of War bundle was the best-selling single piece of hardware for that month, proving just how much people wanted to get their hands on Kratos' latest adventure.

God of War 2018

So yeah, people really wanted God of War. No surprise either, considering our God of War review awarded the game a perfect score. Ubisoft remains the best-selling publisher of the year so far thanks to Far Cry 5. In a pleasant surprise the Nintendo Labo Variety Pack charted as the fourth best-selling game of April, while the more expensive Robot Kit landed in 21st place.

The full list of best-selling games in April can be found below.

April 2018 Top 10 Games

  • God of War (2018)
  • Far Cry 5
  • MLB 18: The Show
  • Labo Variety Kit
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
  • Mario Kart 8*
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Super Mario Odyssey*
  • NBA 2K18

April 2018 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  • Far Cry 5
  • Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • NBA 2K18
  • A Way Out
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

April 2018 Top 10 PlayStation 4 Games

  • God of War (2018)
  • Far Cry 5
  • MLB 18: The Show
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life*
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • NBA 2K18
  • A Way OUt
  • FIFA 18

April 2018 Top 10 Nintendo Switch Games (Physical only)

  • Labo Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Labo Toy-Con 02 Robot Kit
  • Splatoon 2
  • Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Pokken Tournament DX

April 2018 Top 10 Nintendo 3DS Games (Physical Only)

  • Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  • Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  • Detective Pikachu
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Minecraft
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Mario Party: The Top 100
  • Kirby: Battle Royale

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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