The lights are on
Microsoft's big exclusive was the best-selling game of April, but Sony continued its run atop the hardware sales charts.
Overall, the industry saw 17-percent growth over the same month last year, due largely to the continued strong sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. "Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales, says NPD's Liam Callahan.
Sony's PlayStation 4 was the best selling game hardware platform in April, a title it has held for four months running.
Software sales were down, due to what NPD terms a "transition period" for software. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One software sales were up over software sales on PS3 and Xbox 360 during the same period in their life cycles. In some rare good news for Nintendo, Wii U sales were up 80 percent over the same period last year.
Accessory sales were also up, due to strong performance in "interactive gaming toys" (Skylanders and Disney Infinity), point cards, subscription cards, and controllers.
Here's a look at this month's top 10:
Titanfall (Xbox One, 360, PC)
Call Of Duty: Ghosts (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)
NBA 2K14 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
Lego the Hobbit (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, 3DS, Vita)
The Lego Movie Videogame (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC, 3DS, Vita, DS)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC, 3DS, Vita, DS)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, Wii U, PS3, 360, 3DS)
Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, 360)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)
Our Take:Despite all the talk that consoles are "dead," these new systems are actually outperforming their predecessors. However, on the software side, it's a shame that publishers are stepping up with more exclusive, truly next-gen content for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Also, check out Lego – what a month for that franchise.