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

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

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

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Nintendo’s angle specifically is notable, 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 Capcom’s Monster Hunter: Rise topped the charts. .

Skywalker Saga also broke franchise sales records, achieving the highest release month dollar sales for any Lego title in history. After just one month of sales, The Skywalker Saga is already among the top six best-selling Lego games of all time, although the other five weren’t announced.

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

Skywalker Saga was developed by TT Games in conjunction with Lucasfilm Games. The game was delayed several times before it was finally released in early April. These delays reportedly led to a “major crisis” for the developers at TT Games. Some developers reported that they “collapsed outside of 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 released in February 2022 and remains the best-selling game this year overall. Of note, it has now surpassed the sales of the best-selling game of 2021 in the US, Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Turning to mobile gaming, spending has slowed due to the pandemic easing and lack of stimulus payments compared to this time last year, the NPD said. While spending on mobile games in the US was down overall, usage among top-earning games like Candy Crush Saga, Roblox, and Coin Master grew year over year.

On hardware, spending increased 16% to $343 million thanks to improved PS5 and Xbox Series X|S console offerings. Switch was the best-selling console in the US in April and 2022 so far, with Xbox Series X|S ranking second in units sold in April 2022 and the year.

Notably, Switch surpassed PS4’s lifetime sales in the US during April 2022 and is now the fourth best-selling console in US history, behind only PS2, Xbox 360, and Wii. Around the world, however, it’s a different story, as the Switch has already sold more units than the Wii globally.

Across hardware, games, and accessories, total gaming spending in the US in April 2022 reached $4.3 billion, up 8% year over year. Year-to-date, however, total spending is down 8% to $18.3 billion.

Moving on to accessories, total spending in April 2022 decreased 10% to $151 million, with the black PS4 DualShock 4 finishing as the best-selling accessory in April overall. Meanwhile, the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is the best-selling accessory of 2022.

April 2022 Top 10 Games Overall

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. elden ring
  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. grand tourer 7
  10. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*

*Digital sales not included

^Xbox digital sales not included

12 months until April 2022 Top 10 games

  1. elden ring
  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 away 6
  8. fifa22
  9. Resident Evil Village
  10. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*

*Digital sales not included

The 10 best games of the year to date 2022

  1. elden ring
  2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  3. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
  4. Forbidden Horizon West
  5. MLB the show 22^
  6. grand tourer 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

April 2022 Best Nintendo Games

  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

April 2022 Best PlayStation Games

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. MLB The Show 22
  3. elden ring
  4. Forbidden Horizon West
  5. grand tourer 7
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Spiderman: Miles Morales
  8. WWE 2K22*
  9. fifa22
  10. Madden NFL 22

*Digital sales not included

April 2022 Best Xbox Games

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. elden ring
  3. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  5. force horizon 5
  6. call of duty: modern warfare
  7. infinity halo
  8. fallen god
  9. fifa22
  10. call of duty: black ops 3

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