Best-selling games and consoles for April 2022 revealed (US)



The NPD Group has released its latest monthly sales report for April 2022, revealing the month’s best-selling games and hardware, and also shedding light on the overall health of the business.

Starting with games, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game of April 2022 overall and is now the #2 best-selling game of 2022 so far (Elden Ring is the #2 best-selling game of 2022 so far). ° 1). Additionally, The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game of the month on Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam.

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The Nintendo angle is especially noteworthy, given that The Skywalker Saga is the first non-Nintendo game to rank as the #1 best-selling game on a Nintendo platform since March 2021, when Monster Hunter: Rise from Capcom topped the charts.

The Skywalker saga also broke franchise sales records, reaching the highest launch month dollar sales for any Lego title in history. After just a month of sales, The Skywalker Saga is already among the six best-selling Lego games of all time, although the other five have not been announced.

Warner Bros. Games, which published The Skywalker Saga, announced that the game sold 3.2 million copies worldwide in its first two weeks across all platforms to set a new franchise sales record.

The Skywalker saga was developed by TT Games alongside Lucasfilm Games. The game was delayed several times before finally launching in early April. These delays would have led to a “significant crisis” for the developers at TT Games. Some developers said they were “collapsed outside working hours due to the workload and some of the stresses they were under”.

The second best-selling game of April 2022 in the US was Elden Ring, which originally launched in February 2022 and remains this year’s best-selling game overall. It should be noted that it has now surpassed the sales of the best-selling game of 2021 in the United States, Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Moving on to mobile games, spending slowed due to the easing of the pandemic and a lack of stimulus payments compared to the same period last year, the NPD said. While spending on mobile games in the US was down overall, usage of top earning games like Candy Crush Saga, Roblox and Coin Master all increased year over year.

As for hardware, spending jumped 16% to $343 million thanks to the improved supply of PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles. The Switch was the best-selling console in the US for April and 2022 so far, the Xbox Series X | S ranking second for units sold for April 2022 and the year.

It’s worth noting that the Switch surpassed the PS4’s lifetime sales in the US in April 2022 and is now the fourth best-selling console in US history, behind the PS2, Xbox 360, and Xbox 360. Wii. Worldwide, it’s a different story, as the Switch has already sold more units than the Wii globally.

For hardware, games and accessories, total US video game spending in April 2022 reached $4.3 billion, an 8% year-over-year increase. Year-to-date, however, total spending fell 8% to $18.3 billion.

Moving on to accessories, total spending in April 2022 fell 10% to $151 million, with the black PS4 DualShock 4 ending as April’s best-selling accessory overall. The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, meanwhile, is the best-selling accessory of 2022.

April 2022 Top 10 games overall

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. Ring of Elden
  3. MLB The Show 22 ^
  4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  5. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Forbidden Horizon West
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Gran Turismo 7
  10. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*

*Digital sales not included

^ Xbox digital sales not included

12 Months Ending April 2022 Top 10 Games

  1. Ring of Elden
  2. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. Pokemon Shiny Diamond/Shiny Pearl*
  5. Battlefield 2042
  6. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  7. far cry 6
  8. FIFA 22
  9. Resident Evil Village
  10. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*

*Digital sales not included

Top 10 best games of 2022

  1. Ring of Elden
  2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  3. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
  4. Forbidden Horizon West
  5. MLB The Show 22 ^
  6. Gran Turismo 7
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  9. Madden NFL 22
  10. Mario Kart 8*

*Digital sales not included

^ Xbox digital sales not included

Best Nintendo Games of April 2022

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  3. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  4. Mario Kart 8*
  5. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
  6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  7. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  8. Mario Party Superstars*
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  10. MLB The Show 22*

*Digital sales not included

Best PlayStation games of April 2022

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. MLB The Show 22
  3. Ring of Elden
  4. Forbidden Horizon West
  5. Gran Turismo 7
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  8. WWE 2K22*
  9. FIFA 22
  10. Madden NFL 22

*Digital sales not included

Best Xbox games of April 2022

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. Ring of Elden
  3. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  5. Forza Horizon 5
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  7. Infinite Halo
  8. Godfall
  9. FIFA 22
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

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