For the month of April 2017, total industry sales in the United States were up 10% year-over-year to $636 million, the NPD has revealed. This includes a 37% increase for hardware to $195 million, a 6% increase for console software to $304 million, and a 4% increase for accessories to $125 million.
NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said, “The Nintendo Switch was the catalyst for this growth with sales exceeding 280,000 units. The industry drove the highest April hardware dollar sales since April 2011.” Additionally, “Nintendo owned the top 2 platforms in unit sales for the month, with the Nintendo Switch at #1, followed by NES Classic.” The NPD didn’t say if the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in April 2017.
Looking at software, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe opened in 1st place, while Persona 5 finished in second and set a franchise record:
Persona 5 experienced the strongest debut month for any title in Persona franchise history, with packaged dollar sales five times that of the previous best-selling debut, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.
The NPD also noted that Mario Kart is the best-selling racing franchise in the US, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II was able to place in 10th (and outsell Infinite Warfare) last month because it’s