The NPD for April 2022: Hardware bounces back, and Lego Star Wars rises above the sales chart

The NPD for April 2022: Hardware bounces back, and Lego Star Wars rises above the sales chart ...

According to The NPD Group, console hardware sales in the United States were a significant month. That was mainly due to slower game content sales. It is also likely that the game is more interested in Call of Duty: Vanguard. Here''s the full report for the month:

April 2022 Dollar Sales, MillionsApr 2021Apr 2022Change
Total Video Game Sales$4,729$4,337-8%
Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR) platforms)$4,267$3,844-10%
Video Game Hardware$295$34316%
Video Game Accessories$167$151-10%
* Mobile spending provided by Sensor Tower

Consumer spending for video games decreased by 8% from a year ago, according to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. Hardware improvements were unable to mitigate declines in content and accessories spending. Year-to-date 2022 expenditure was also 8% lower than the same period a year ago, to $18.3 billion.

Year-to-Date 2022 Dollar Sales, MillionsYTD 2021YTD 2022Change
Total Video Game Sales$19,888$18,258-8%
Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR) platforms)$17,313$15,972-8%
Video Game Hardware$1,700$1,543-9%
Video Game Accessories$875$743-15%
* Mobile spending provided by Sensor Tower

Let''s get to the software sales.

April 2022 NPD sales charts and info

  • April 2022 NPD: Top 20 best-selling games of the month in the U.S.
    • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
    • Elden Ring
  • April 2022 NPD: 20 best-selling games of 2022 so far
  • April 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling games of the 12 months
  • April 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Nintendo-platform games in the U.S.
  • April 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling PlayStation-platform games in the U.S.
  • April 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling Xbox-platform games in the U.S.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Elden Ring
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Elden Ring

The Top 20 Best-Selling Games of the Month in the United States (NPD) in April 2022

The NPD conducts physical sales at retailers, but it also receives digital information directly from publishers. Not every company is involved. For example, Nintendo does not sell its first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not sell its Battle.net sales.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales rather than the number of units sold. This is for full-game sales and does not include in-game spending.

RankLast Month RankApril 2022 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
1NEWLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive
21Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
34MLB: The Show 22^Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
43Kirby and the Forgotten Land*Nintendo
5NEWNintendo Switch Sports*Nintendo
69Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
75Horizon II: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)
88Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
92Gran Turismo 7Sony (Corp)
106Pokemon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo
1114MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers
1213FIFA 22Electronic Arts
1322Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
1418Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
1521Marvels Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
1619Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
177WWE 2K22*Take Two Interactive
1817Mario Party Superstars*Nintendo
1915Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
2011Tiny Tinas Wonderlands*Take Two Interactive
* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included

WORDS

In the United States, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an immediate smash hit.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game of April 2022, but it was also the no. 2 best-selling game of 2022 year to date, according to Piscatella.

The Skywalker Saga''s growing demand enabled the game to set a new high.

According to Piscatella, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gained the highest launch-month dollar sales for any LEGO title in history, and after one month became among the top six best-selling LEGO games to date. According to the Star Wars trilogy, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the first third-party game to rank as the best-selling title on Nintendo platforms since Monster Hunter: Rise in March 2021.

Elden Ring was the 2nd best-selling game of April 2022, according to Piscatella. Elden Ring has now become the best-selling game of the year to date, surpassing Call of Duty: Vanguard for the second year in a row, which has followed the 12-month period ended April 2022.

The 20 Best-Selling Games of 2022 So far: NPD from April 2022

RankLast Month RankYTD 2022 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
11Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
2NEWLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive
32Pokemon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo
43Horizon II: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)
511MLB: The Show 22^Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
64Gran Turismo 7Sony (Corp)
75Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
87Kirby and the Forgotten Land*Nintendo
96Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
108Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
1110FIFA 22Electronic Arts
1213Marvels Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
1314MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers
149Dying Light 2: Stay Human*Square Enix Inc (Corp)
1512Monster Hunter: RiseCapcom USA
1615Mario Party Superstars*Nintendo
1718Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
1820Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
1919WWE 2K22*Take Two Interactive
2021Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included

The Top 10 Best-Selling Games of the 12 months in April 2022 NPD

RankLast Month Rank12 Months Ending April 2022 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
12Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
21Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
33Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
44Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*Nintendo
55Battlefield 2042Electronic Arts
6NEWLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive
76Far Cry 6Ubisoft
88FIFA 22Electronic Arts
99Resident Evil: VillageCapcom USA
1012Pokemon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo
* Digital sales not included

The Top 10 Best-Selling Nintendo-platform Games in the United States in April 2022 NPD

Nintendo Platforms
RankLast Month RankApril 2022 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
1NEWLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive
21Kirby and the Forgotten Land*Nintendo
3NEWNintendo Switch Sports*Nintendo
43Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
52Pokemon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo
66Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo
77Animal Crossing: New Horizons*Nintendo
85Mario Party Superstars*Nintendo
911The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*Nintendo
10NEWMLB: The Show 22*Major League Baseball
* Digital sales not included

The top 10 best-selling PlayStation-platform games in the United States are April 2022 NPD.

PlayStation Platforms
RankLast Month RankApril 2022 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
1NEWLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive
23MLB: The Show 22Sony (Corp)
31Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
44Horizon II: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)
52Gran Turismo 7Sony (Corp)
67Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
79Marvels Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)
85WWE 2K22*Take Two Interactive
912FIFA 22Electronic Arts
1011Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts
* Digital sales not included

NPD: The Top 10 Best-Selling Xbox-Plattform Games in the United States in April 2022

Xbox Platforms
RankLast Month RankApril 2022 Top 10 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar salesPublisher
1NEWLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive
21Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
32Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)
46Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp)
58Forza Horizon 5Microsoft (Corp)
67Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)Activision Blizzard (Corp)
713Halo: InfiniteMicrosoft (Corp)
8NEWGodfallGearbox Software
910FIFA 22 [EA Sports]Electronic Arts
1015Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision Blizzard (Corp)
* Digital sales not included

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