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Forums - Sales Discussion - April NPD 2021 thread


Switch < 543k

164k < PS5 < 204k
163k < XBS < 167k

Pokémon snap [Retail only] > 302.000 (more than x2 Pokémon snap launch on N64)

Official NPD:

State of the market

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

Monthly sales are now comparable to year ago periods that were impacted by pandemic-driven consumer spending increases. April 2021 content sales boosted by mobile, subscription and post-launch content spending (DLC/MTX) on Console & PC.


April video game hardware dollar sales fell 30% when compared to April 2020, to $296 million. April 2021 hardware dollar sales were 84% higher than the total achieved in April 2019 ($160 million). Year-to-date hardware dollar sales gained 42% when compared to the similar period in 2020, at $1.7 billion.

Nintendo Switch
 was the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars during the month of April, as well as 2021 year to date.


MLB The Show 21
 debuted as both the best-selling game of April 2021 as well as the 3rd best-selling game of 2021 year to date. Launch month dollar sales of MLB The Show 21 set a new franchise high.

MLB The Show 21 was the best-selling game of the month on PlayStation platforms, and ranked 2nd on Xbox (note that digital sales on Xbox platforms are not included in the rankings).

New Pokémon Snap was the 3rd best-selling game of April 2021 and was the month's best-selling game on Nintendo platforms. Launch month physical sales of New Pokémon Snap more than doubled those of Pokémon Snap, which debuted in the July 1999 tracking month.

Mortal Kombat 11 placed among the top 10 best-sellers of the month for the first time since ranking 9th in July 2020. Mortal Kombat 11 is currently the 13th best-selling game of 2021 year to date.

It Takes Two climbed to 9th on the April 2021 best-sellers chart after placing 22nd in its March debut month. It Takes Two was the 3rd best-selling game of April on Xbox platforms while ranking 8th on PlayStation.

Software charts


April 2021 spending on video game accessories declined 23% versus a year ago, to $168 million. Year-to-date accessory sales reached $885 million, an increase of 22% when compared to the same period in 2020.

The PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller White was the leading accessory in dollar sales for both the month of April as well as 2021 year to date. Sony's PULSE 3D Wireless headset ranked 2nd.

Thanks to Mat Piscatella for the break down !


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Last edited by Ryng - on 10 June 2021

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[NSW] 600K
[PS5] 300K
[XBS] 200K

Won’t predict numbers because I’m bad at it.

But considering the PS5 received a huge shipment last week of April, I reckon VGC numbers will be undertracked again like last month.

[NSW] 680k
[PS5] 350k
[XBS] 250k

Last edited by Kakadu18 - on 15 May 2021

Rounded VGChartz estimates as of 5/15/2021:

NSW - 677,000

PS5 - 270,000

XBS - 190,000

PS4 - 47,000

XBO - 39,000

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[NSW] 666K
[PS5] 333K
[XBS] 242K

NSW- 550k

PS5- 260k

XBS- 200k

Last edited by jason1637 - on 15 May 2021

[NSW] 700K
[PS5] 320K
[XBS] 210K

Zanark best Inazuma Eleven pg

Everyone sells whatever they ship is my prediction.

Thanks for the new NPD thread.