Forums - Sales Discussion - April NPD 2020: Switch 808k, PS4 411k, XB1 329k

This boom is going to do wonders for late spring/summer games like Xenoblade, PM origami, GOT and even TLOU 2 despite fan backlash. I expect ever greens to benefit hugely as well, MK8 deluxe to ship 2.5m worldwide for Q1.

Interesting to know if anyone made one of those bold sales predictions about MK8D? i know some guy or guys said Smash would sell 25m and Odyssey 20m and they were mostly told to stop living in cloud cukoo land. If Someone said 40m for MK8D back in 2017 then i think they would have faced ridicule like nothing seen before.

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Amazing sales for nintendo, no one, and I meanno one would have expected after wii u that switch would do wii esque numbers. Good for them, now get me that virtual console or remade mario 3d games! Lol. Amd a remake kf silver and gold please.



 

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Mar1217 said:
This isn't crazy, this is TOTAL MADNESS HAHAHAHAA !!

How did we end up from "Corona virus will kill the market sales" to "Corona virus causes the market to rise to unprecedent high".

Kind of incredible, especially Switch performance there, probably seeing it's peak year easily in terms of sold-in alone.

It is total madness. I was adjusting up the weekly figures the VGChartz algorithm was putting through and I still wasn't even close to the actual figures. 



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VGChartz April 2020 NPD report:

Switch Sales Set Record in April in the US, Final Fantasy VII Remake Sets Franchise Record 

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US in March 2020, outselling the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to figures from NPD. 

Nintendo Switch sales for April 2020 in the US were 808,000 units, according to analyst Michael Pachter who provided the numbers to Media Play News. The PlayStation 4 sold 411,000 units and the Xbox One sold 329,000 units.

Overall spending on hardware increased 163 percent year-on-year to $420 million, while spending on software jumped 34 percent to $739  million. Overall spending on video games increased 35 percent to $1.6 billion.

"April 2020 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards totaled $1.5 billion, 73% higher when compared to a year ago," said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. "This is a new record high in reported spend for an April month, eclipsing the $1.2 billion generated in April 2008."

"Dollar sales of tracked video game software increased 55% in April compared to a year ago, to $662 million," said Piscatella. "This is a new record high for an April month. The previous record of $642 million was set in April 2008."

The US video game market in 2020 through April has earned a total $4.5 billion, which is up from $4.02 during the same period in 2019.

Spending on video game hardware in the first four months of 2020 increased from $0.92 billion last year to $1.19 billion. Video game software has also increased from $1.91 billion in 2019 to $2.02 billion in 2020. Revenue from video game accessories and game cards increased from $1.19 billion to $1.29 billion.

"Year-to-date 2020 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards reached $4.5 billion," said Piscatella. "[That’s up] 12% when compared to a year ago."

Final Fantasy VII Remake was the best-selling game in April and immediately becomes the third best-selling game in 2020 and best-selling PS4 game in 2020. The game also set a new launch month record for the Final Fantasy franchise in terms of units sold and revenue.

"Final Fantasy VII Remake was the best-selling game of April and instantly becomes the No. 3 best-selling game year-to-date," said Piscatella. "Final Fantasy VII Remake is currently the best-selling game of 2020 on PlayStation 4."

"Final Fantasy VII Remake sets a new launch month Final Fantasy franchise sales record in both unit and dollar sales,” Piscatella added. "Both records were previously held by Final Fantasy XV, which launched in the December 2016 tracking period."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is once again the second best-selling game and remains the best-selling game of 2020 and for the 12 month period ending April 2020.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare repeats as the No. 2 best-selling game of the month, and remains the best-selling game both year-to-date as well as for the 12-month period ending April 2020," said Piscatella. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is currently the fourth fastest-selling release in U.S. tracked history (dollar sales through the first seven months in market)."

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the third best-selling game in April 2020 and is the second best-selling game overall in 2020. It is also the best-selling Switch game for the last 12 months.

"Animal Crossing: New Horizons ranked as the third best-selling game of April, and repeats as the second best-selling game of 2020 year to date," said Piscatella. "Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling title on Switch for the 12-month period ending April 2020."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered was the seventh best-selling game in April with the launch of the Xbox One version. 

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Remastered finished April as the No. 7 best-selling game of the month following its release on the Xbox One platform," said Piscatella. "Three Call of Duty franchise titles finished among the top 10 best-selling games of April on Xbox One, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III."

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars for April 2020:

    1. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
    2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
    4. NBA 2K20
    5. Grand Theft Auto V
    6. Resident Evil 3
    7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered
    8. MLB: The Show 20
    9. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
    10. Red Dead Redemption II
    11. Just Dance 2020
    12. FIFA 20 [EA Sports]
    13. Mortal Kombat 11
    14. Borderlands 3
    15. Predator: Hunting Grounds
    16. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
    17. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
    18. Persona 5: Royal
    19. Need for Speed: Heat
    20. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

    * Digital sales not included

    Here are the lists of top 10 selling games by platform for the month:

    Top 10 best-selling Xbox One games for April 2020

    1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered
    3. Grand Theft Auto V
    4. NBA 2K20
    5. Resident Evil 3
    6. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
    7. Red Dead Redemption II
    8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
    9. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
    10. FIFA 20 [EA Sports]

    Top 10 best-selling PlayStation 4 games for April 2020

    1. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
    2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    3. NBA 2K20
    4. Grand Theft Auto V
    5. MLB: The Show 20
    6. Resident Evil 3
    7. Predator: Hunting Grounds
    8. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
    9. Persona 5: Royal
    10. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition

    Top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games for April 2020

    1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
    2. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
    3. Just Dance 2020
    4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
    5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
    6. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
    7. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
    8. Pokémon: Sword*
    9. Trials of Mana
    10. Super Mario Party*

    Top 10 best-selling games of 2020 through April 2020

    1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
    3. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
    4. NBA 2K20
    5. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
    6. MLB: The Show 20
    7. Grand Theft Auto V
    8. Resident Evil 3
    9. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
    10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*

    Thanks VentureBeat.



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    THE CONSOLE MARKET IS ALIVE



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    kopstudent89 said:
    THE CONSOLE MARKET IS ALIVE

    It is not just alive, it is THRIVING!! 



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    mk7sx said:
    trunkswd said:
    Those are some crazy numbers. I'll get to making adjustments to our hardware figures once I am done with the daily news.

    Michael Pachter has confirmed actual unit sales of all three hardware.

    https://www.mediaplaynews.com/npd-april-video-game-disc-sales-up-8/

    NSW: 808,000
    PS4: 411,000
    XBO: 329,000

    Hot damn! Switch at 800k+ like as if it was during the holiday season!



    Pocky Lover Boy! 

    p0isonparadise said:
    Largest non-holiday months*

    1. Switch - 1,002,000 (March 2020)
    2. Switch - 808,000 (April 2020)
    3. Wii - 803,000 (October 2008)
    4. DS - 783,000 (June 2008)
    5. DS - 766,000 (June 2009)
    6. Wii - 753,000 (February 2009)
    7. Wii - 714,000 (April 2008)
    8. Wii - 721,000 (March 2008)
    9. DS - 701,000 (March 2010)
    10. DS - 698,000 (March 2008)

    *excludes hardware launches.

    Complete Nintendomination! And Switch is leading the pack! It took over 10 years to beat the Wii record! 



    Pocky Lover Boy! 

    The Switch is a complete monster in America and I feel this fact doesn't get talked about here when discussing whether the Switch will really overtake the PS4. I think its safe to say that the margin of success Switch will have over PS4 in Japan and America will be able to make up for its shortcoming against PS4 in Europe.



    trunkswd said:
    kopstudent89 said:
    THE CONSOLE MARKET IS ALIVE

    It is not just alive, it is THRIVING!! 

    I'm nowhere near as optimistic as you guys. I think this month is going to be big as well, but I think around next month is when we are going to start seeing the negative effects the pandemic has had on everyone's economy.