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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Led Software Sales in April With Persona 5 Close Behind

by Bill Hess


April 2017 has been a good year for games, it seems.  Nintendo seems to be firing on all cylinders with the Switch and as a result they’ve managed to lead the pack in NPD figures for the second straight month.  Better yet for Nintendo, April saw the company taking two of the top three spots in terms of software sales.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe led the pack, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a close third.  Persona 5 was tucked in between at number two, according to NPD.

The release of the Nintendo Switch likely led to a nearly 40% jump in year over year hardware sales, while game sales were on the rise by 10%.

It seems that the Nintendo Switch exclusives have dominated even the biggest of the big AAA multiplatform titles.  You can find the full top-20 in NPD Software sales for April below:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Persona 5
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • MLB 17: The Show
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • NBA 2K17
  • Overwatch
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  • Lego Worlds
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Battlefield 1
  • For Honor
  • Nier: Automata
  • Minecraft

To be fair, through 2017 as a whole Ubisoft is still leading the pack.  Both For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands are the top two selling games of the year thus far.  Despite leading in April, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe doesn’t even crack the top-ten.  There’s some good news in here for Persona fans.  Persona 5 was the top selling game on the PlayStation 4, and hopefully that’ll spur Atlus to continue making the beloved RPG series, even if it is ever so often that they do.  Beating out numerous multiplatform titles and exclusives alike, Persona 5 was the top selling game on the PS4, and that’s not taking into account digital sales.

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