April 2021 NPD: New Pokémon Snap was the third best-selling game and the best-selling game on Nintendo platforms, sales are more than double sales of the original Pokémon Snap for N64

The NPD Group has revealed which games were top sellers in the U.S. for April 2021, including New Pokémon Snap, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon Sword and Shield. The full results in each relevant category are as follows:

The top 20 best-selling games of the month in the U.S.

All Platforms
Rank Last Month Rank April 2021 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW MLB: The Show 21^ Sony (Corp)
2 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
3 NEW New Pokemon Snap* Nintendo
4 3 Outriders Square Enix Inc (Corp)
5 NEW NieR: Replicant Square Enix Inc (Corp)
6 14 Mortal Kombat 11 Warner Bros. Interactive
7 2 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
8 NEW Returnal Sony (Corp)
9 22 It Takes Two Electronic Arts
10 6 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
11 11 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
12 5 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sony (Corp)
13 4 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
14 10 Minecraft Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
15 8 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
16 9 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
17 12 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
18 7 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
19 13 Pokemon: Sword/Shield* Nintendo
20 16 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox Digital sales not included

Top 20 best-selling games of the year so far

All Platforms
Rank Last Month Rank Year-to-Date Ending April 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 2 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
3 NEW MLB: The Show 21^ Sony (Corp)
4 4 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
5 3 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony) Sony (Corp)
6 10 Outriders Square Enix Inc (Corp)
7 5 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
8 6 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
9 7 Minecraft Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
10 9 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox Digital sales not included

Top 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

All Platforms
Rank Last Month Rank 12 Months Ending April 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War Activision Blizzard (Corp)
2 2 Madden NFL 21 [EA Sports] Electronic Arts
3 4 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ubisoft
4 3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Activision Blizzard (Corp)
5 7 The Last of Us: Part II Sony (Corp)
6 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
7 8 Ghost of Tsushima Sony (Corp)
8 5 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony) Sony (Corp)
9 9 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
10 11 NBA 2K21* Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
* Digital sales not included

Top 10 Nintendo Switch games for the month

Rank Last Month Rank April 2021 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales Publisher
1 NEW New Pokemon Snap* Nintendo
2 1 Monster Hunter: Rise Capcom USA
3 3 Mario Kart 8* Nintendo
4 2 Super Mario 3D World* Nintendo
5 4 Animal Crossing: New Horizons* Nintendo
6 5 Super Mario 3D All-Stars* Nintendo
7 6 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate* Nintendo
8 7 Pokemon: Sword/Shield* Nintendo
9 8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Nintendo
10 9 Super Mario Party* Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

“April 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories totaled $4.6 billion, a decline of 2% when compared to a year ago,” said NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella. “Year-to-date consumer spending reached $19.6 billion, 21% higher than the first four months of 2020.”

“New Pokémon Snap was the third best-selling game of April 2021 and was the month’s best-selling game on Nintendo platforms,” said Piscatella. “Launch-month physical sales of New Pokémon Snap more than doubled those of Pokémon Snap, which debuted on the Nintendo 64 in the July 1999 tracking month.”

Source: VentureBeat.com

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