FromSoftware partying commences as April’s NPD numbers come in.
It’s that time of month again folks — the time when the NPD Group releases its sale report for the best-selling retail games of the month. So, who are the winners for the month of April?
- Dark Souls III
- Ratchet & Clank
- MLB The Show 16
- The Division
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Quantum Break
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
- NBA 2K16
- Star Fox Zero
The report goes into further detail revealing that sales declined when compared to the same period last year, which according to the NPD Group is largely due to last’s year successful Mortal Kombat X launch.
Further, NPD pointed out that if software sales were “raked in on a SKU basis,” Bravely Second: End Layer and Pokken Tournament would have landed the 9th and 10th spot, respectively, and Star Fox Zero would have jumped to 6th.
Atop the list, Dark Souls III shipped 3 million copies, Bandai Namco announced today, making it the largest launch in the series history. Previously, over roughly the same span of time, Dark Souls 2 only shipped 1.2 million copies, while the first Dark Souls only shipped 1.2 million copies total.
Right behind Dark Souls III, sits PlayStation 4 exclusive Ratchet & Clank, which according to NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan, had the best launch of any game in the series. Further, the series hasn’t seen this level of success since it was on the PlayStation 2.
No surprises here — Minecraft is the game that never stops selling and Dark Souls III was always going to be the biggest multi-platform game to release in April. What will be more interesting is to see how many games stay on this list when May’s NPD numbers roll out, with big hits like DOOM, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Overwatch releasing.
Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.