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April 2019 U.S. video game sales report from The NPD Group

Analysis from NPD's VG industry analyst, Mat Piscatella


April 2019 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards totaled $842 million, gaining 1 percent when compared to a year ago. Growth in software and accessory & game card spending offset declines in hardware.

Year-to-date spending across tracked video game hardware, software, accessories & game cards is down 2 percent when compared to 2018, to $4.0 billion. Declines in hardware spending have offset growth in sales of accessories & game cards.

NPD Group's U.S. Games Industry Sales - April 2019
4-Week Reporting Period : 4/7/2019 through 5/4/2019

April 2019 Dollar Sales Apr'18 Apr'19 CHG
 Total Video Game Sales  $838m $842m 1%
 Video Games Hardware $225m $160m -29%
 PC & Video Games Software [1] $370m $427m 15%
 Video Games Accessories & Game Cards $243m $256m 5%
2019 Year-to-Date Dollar Sales 2018 YTD
(Adjusted)*
2019 YTD CHG
 Total Video Game Sales  $4,074m $4,012m -2%
 Video Games Hardware $1,094m $918m -16%
 PC & Video Games Software [1] $1,824m $1,906m 4%
 Video Games Accessories & Game Cards $1,156m $1,188m 3%

*2018 YTD adjusted to include same number of tracking weeks in year

Software (All notes refer to dollar sales)

Dollar sales of tracked console, portable and PC video game software reached $427 million in April 2019, gaining 15 percent when compared to a year ago.

Year-to-date dollar sales of tracked console, portable and PC video game software totaled $1.9 billion, 4 percent higher when compared to a year ago.

Mortal Kombat 11Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling game of April and instantly becomes the 2nd best-selling game of 2019 year-to-date. Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling game of the month on all platforms on which it released : PC, PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One.

Mortal Kombat 11 represents the first time a third-party published Nintendo Switch game was the platform's top seller in a month since Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle topped the Nintendo Switch chart in September 2017.

Days Gone was the 2nd best-selling game of April, with debut month sales that rank as the 7th highest in history for a Sony-published title. After just one month in market, Days Gone is the best-selling game produced by Sony Bend Studio in lifetime revenues.

MLB The Show 19 ranks as the third best-selling game of April and is now the 10th best-selling game of 2019. It is also the best-selling sports title of 2019 year-to-date. MLB The Show 19 remains the best-selling game in franchise history on a time-aligned basis.

April 2019 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales

Title Rank Publisher
Mortal Kombat 11 1 Warner Bros. Interactive
Days Gone 2 Sony (Corp)
MLB 19 : The Show 3 Sony (Corp)
Tom Clancy's The Division 2^ 4 Ubisoft
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* 5 Nintendo
Grand Theft Auto V 6 Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
Sekiro : Shadows Die Twice^ 7 Activision Blizzard (Corp)
Call of Duty : Black Ops IIII^ 8 Activision Blizzard (Corp)
NBA 2k19 9 Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
Yoshi's Crafted World* 10 Nintendo
Red Dead Redemption II 11 Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
Mario Kart 8* 12 Nintendo
Assassin's Creed : Odyssey 13 Ubisoft
Minecraft# 14 Multi
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe* 15 Nintendo
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 16 Square Enix Inc (Corp)
The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild* 17 Nintendo
Jump Force 18 Bandai Namco Games (Corp)
Battlefield V* 19 Electronic Arts
Borderlands 20 Take 2 Interactive (Corp)

Hardware

Hardware spending in April 2019 fell 29 percent when compared to a year ago, to $160 million. Nintendo Switch sales growth was offset by declines across all other hardware platforms.

Year-to-date hardware spending has declined 16 percent versus year ago, to $918 million. As with April, strong Nintendo Switch sales growth was offset by declines across all other hardware platforms.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of both April as well as year-to-date across both unit and dollar sales. The Nintendo Switch 32GB with neon red and blue joy cons is the best-selling individual hardware item of 2019.

Accessories & Game Cards

Total spending on accessories & game cards grew 5 percent in April 2019 when compared to a year ago, to $256 million. Gains for both game card and gamepad spending drove overall performance.

Year-to-date spending on accessories & game cards is up 3 percent when compared to a year ago, to $1.2 billion. As with April, game card and gamepad spending have fueled market growth.

Amiibo Super Smash Bros Series 1 Character Packs were the best-selling video game accessory of April, while the PS4 DualShock 4 Black Wireless Controller remains the best-selling accessory year-to-date.

Notes et références

1. PC, Console and Portable ; Physical and Full Game Digital Formats from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam and Xbox platforms

* Digital sales not included

^ PC digital sales not included

# Minecraft digital sales on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One included

Publié le 24 mai 2019 par Emmanuel Forsans

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