Cooped-up shoppers spent truckloads of money on video video games in April, based on industry-tracking agency The NPD Group. Spending on tracked new video games, {hardware}, equipment, and recreation playing cards hit $1.5 billion. Games like Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Animal Crossing: New Horizons contributed to the expansion. Here are the complete outcomes

2020 Year-to-Date Dollar Sales, Millions 2019 YTD 2020 YTD
Total Video Game Sales $4,017 $4,500
Video Game Hardware $918 $1,193
Video Game Software (Physical and Full Game Digital Formats from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for DLP Participants) $1,905 $2,018
Video Game Accessories & Game Cards $1,194 $1,289

“April 2020 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards totaled $1.5 billion, 73% higher when compared to a year ago,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella mentioned. “This is a new record high in reported spend for an April month, eclipsing the $1.2 billion generated in April 2008.”

The robust efficiency for March and April pushed up 2020’s year-to-date outcomes as properly.

“Year-to-date 2020 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards reached $4.5 billion,” mentioned Piscatella. “[That’s up] 12% when compared to a year ago.”

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Let’s get to the software program.

April 2020 NPD: Top 20 best-selling video games of the month within the U.S.

NPD tracks bodily gross sales at retailers, but it surely additionally will get digital knowledge immediately from publishers. But not each firm participates. For instance, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party digital gross sales, and Activision Blizzard doesn’t present its Battle.web gross sales. This chart additionally doesn’t embody microtransactions, subscriptions, or something past full-game gross sales. With these caveats in thoughts, it’s best to think about this as a really helpful snapshot of a way more dynamic {industry}.

These charts are sorted by greenback gross sales — not variety of models offered.

  1. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Resident Evil 3
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered
  8. MLB: The Show 20
  9. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  10. Red Dead Redemption II
  11. Just Dance 2020
  12. FIFA 20 [EA Sports]
  13. Mortal Kombat 11
  14. Borderlands 3
  15. Predator: Hunting Grounds
  16. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  17. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
  18. Persona 5: Royal
  19. Need for Speed: Heat
  20. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Like March, April was historic for recreation gross sales.

“Dollar sales of tracked video game software increased 55% in April compared to a year ago, to $662 million,” mentioned Piscatella. “This is a new record high for an April month. The previous record of $642 million was set in April 2008.”

And 2020 is monitoring properly forward of 2019.

“Year-to-date sales of tracked video game software now exceed $2 billion, 6% higher when compared to a year ago.”

Final Fantasy VII Remake

“Final Fantasy VII: Remake was the best-selling game of April and instantly becomes the No. 3 best-selling game year-to-date,” mentioned Piscatella. “Final Fantasy VII: Remake is currently the best-selling game of 2020 on PlayStation 4.”

Square Enix’s huge reimagining of the PlayStation basic can also be setting new highs for the franchise.

“Final Fantasy VII: Remake sets a new launch month Final Fantasy franchise sales record in both unit and dollar sales,” mentioned Piscatella. “Both records were previously held by Final Fantasy XV, which launched in the December 2016 tracking period.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Remastered

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare repeats as the No. 2 best-selling game of the month, and remains the best-selling game both year-to-date as well as for the 12-month period ending April 2020,” mentioned Piscatella. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is currently the fourth fastest-selling release in U.S. tracked history (dollar sales through the first seven months in market).”

The remaster of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3’s Modern Warfare 2 additionally did properly.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Remastered finished April as the No. 7 best-selling game of the month following its release on the Xbox One platform,” mentioned Piscatella. “Three Call of Duty franchise titles finished among the top 10 best-selling games of April on Xbox One, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons ranked as the third best-selling game of April, and repeats as the second best-selling game of 2020 year to date,” mentioned Piscatella. “Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling title on Switch for the 12-month period ending April 2020.”

Just Dance 2020

“Just Dance 2020 continues to climb the monthly best-sellers chart,” mentioned Piscatella. “It finished as the eleventh best-selling game of April, after ranking at 17 in March. Just Dance 2020 is the fastest-selling Just Dance franchise release since Just Dance 2014, which first released in the October 2014 tracking period.”

Top 10 best-selling video games thus far this yr

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  3. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  6. MLB: The Show 20
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Resident Evil 3
  9. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*

Top 10 best-selling video games of the final 12 months

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. NBA 2K20
  3. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  4. Borderlands 3
  5. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. FIFA 20 [EA Sports]
  8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  9. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*

April 2020 – Top 10 best-selling Xbox One video games

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. Resident Evil 3
  6. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
  10. FIFA 20 [EA Sports]

April 2020 – Top 10 best-selling PS4 video games

  1. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. NBA 2K20
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. MLB: The Show 20
  6. Resident Evil 3
  7. Predator: Hunting Grounds
  8. Madden NFL 20 [EA Sports]
  9. Persona 5: Royal
  10. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition

April 2020 – Top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch video games

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  2. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  3. Just Dance 2020
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  6. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  7. Luigi’s Mansion 3*
  8. Pokémon: Sword*
  9. Trials of Mana
  10. Super Mario Party*