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NPD: Mario Kart 8 Races To The Top Of The April Sales Chart

by Ben Reeves on May 18, 2017 at 09:08 PM

Nintendo should be happy. Two of the company's highest profile Switch titles seem to be selling well. However, this month's April sales figures also show that Atlus seems to be reaching a wider audience than before with its Persona games.

Overall, video game sales are strong as the industry raked in around $636 million in April, which is a growth of about 10 percent when compared to last year's April sales. This also marks the first time that the industry has see two months of consecutive growth since November 2015. Nintendo's Switch led hardware sales, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Persona 5, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all topped the software charts.

NPD Top 20 Games for April 2017

    1. Mario Kart 8
    2. Persona 5
    3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    4. MLB 17: The Show
    5. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
    6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
    8. NBA 2K17
    9. Overwatch
    10. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
    11. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
    12. Horizon Zero Dawn
    13. Lego City Undercover
    14. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
    15. Lego Worlds
    16. Rainbow Six: Siege
    17. Battlefield 1
    18. For Honor
    19. Nier: Automata
    20. Minecraft


    Our Take
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is likely my game of the year (heck, past five years), so I'm glad to see that it is selling well. It's also nice to see Persona 5 near the top of the list. I'm still digging into that game, but it seems pretty good so far. It's also fascinating to watch the monster that is GTA V continue to make the top ten month-after-month, even this far after it's initial release.