2m games sold in UK during quiet April

TheUK games retail market was down a third in a tough April for the trade.

Retailers made 45.8m from software sales last month, a 34.1 per centdrop over the same period last year.

Just over 2m games were sold at UKretail, a year-on-year decline of 33.2 per cent.

However, there were significantly more games released in April 2011, including hit titles Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat.

Last month’s highest charting new release was Microsoft’s Kinect Star Wars, which reached No.2. Activision’s Prototype 2 managed No.5, despite only being on sale for two days when this data was collected.

EA was the No.1 publisher once again, with FIFA Street established as the month’s biggest selling game. EA had five titles in the Top Ten.

Xbox 360 was the leading platform. Nintendo enjoyed its own success as Wii, 3DS and DS grew in market share.

All data is courtesy of UKIE/GfK Chart-Track.

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