Nintendo Dominated April Video Games Sales, Helped Grow Entire Industry

Nintendo Dominated April Video Games Sales, Helped Grow Entire Industry

A rising Nintendo lifts all video games.

Nintendo had a really good April. Not only did the house of Mario top the charts for hardware sales thanks to both the Nintendo Switch and the NES Classic, but Mario Kart 8 was the software leader for console game sales last month. Nintendo's success practically fueled growth for the entire video game industry.

Mario Kart 8 was the hands down software sales winner of April moving about 550,000 units inc ombined digital and physical sales. This easily makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the most successful entry into the Mario Kart franchise. Persona 5 also made a strong showing at second place (the strongest in series history), followed by Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And when Nintendo Switch games are doing well, so must the actual Switch hardware.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

"The Nintendo Switch was the catalyst for this growth with sales exceeding 280,000 units," said Mat Piscatella, an analyst at the market research group NPD. He added that this was the first time since 2015 that the video game industry experienced two months of consecutive growth.

According to NPD consumers in the U.S. spent $636 million in April, a 10 percent increase from $577 million in April 2016. The growth was spearheaded by console hardware sales which reached $195 million (a whopping 35 percent increase from the same month last year), and console software sales which hit $304 million (up 6 percent). The hardware and console software sales increase was primarily a result of strong Nintendo sales.

The success of the Switch could drive sales for other video game developers who, as Piscatella points out, produced seven of the titles in the top 10 Switch games in April, with Nintendo publishing the top three. If the Switch continues to dominate sales, then third-party publishers will find greater incentive to work with Nintendo on future titles. Companies like Ubisoft and EA have already pledged stronger support for the console going forward.

Just to add to Nintendo's Switch April success, sales for video game accessories also increased last month, hitting $125 million (up from $121 million from last year). The increase was led by, you guessed it, sales for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller which was the top selling accessory last month.

Update: We've add the list of Top 10 Games sold in April.

April 2017 Top 10 Games Overall

  • 1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  • 2. Persona 5*
  • 3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • 4. MLB 17: The Show
  • 5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • 6 Grand Theft Auto V
  • 7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • 8. NBA 2K17
  • 9. Overwatch*
  • 10. Call of Duty: Black Ops II

April 2017 Top 10 Switch Games

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • Lego City Undercover*
  • 1-2-Switch*
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris*
  • Super Bomberman R*
  • Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + *
  • Just Dance 2017*
  • Skylanders Imaginators*

April 2017 Top 10 PS4 Games

  • Persona 5*
  • MLB 17: The Show
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • NBA 2K17
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Overwatch

April 2017 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Overwatch
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • NBA 2K17
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Lego Worlds
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • For Honor

* does not include digital sales

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Matt Kim

News Editor

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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