April NPD: Prototype 2, Xbox 360 on top; sales down year-over-year

US retail results have arrived for April.

NPD’s latest report states hardware sales accounted for $189.7m, accessories brought in $148.6m, and software sales contributed $292.1m. In terms of year-over-year, accessories saw a very marginal increase, while hardware and software sales saw dramatic drops.

Microsoft continued to dominate the US hardware chart, finishing ahead of the pack for the 16th consecutive month. 236,000 360 systems were sold during the period, with the Kinect Star Wars bundle helping to drive the average selling price up for hardware in general.

Prototype 2 claimed the top spot in software sales, with Kinect Star Wars finishing in second as the number one selling exclusive.

The industry as a whole brought in $630.4m, down 32 per cent from last year’s $930.9m (though the NPD did add that the ‘total consumer spend’ on games including digital is estimated at $1bn).

Here is the full list of April’s top sellers:

Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms including PC)

  1. Prototype 2 (360,PS3)
  2. Kinect Star Wars (360)
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
  4. Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 13 (360, PS3)
  5. NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
  6. The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (360, PC)
  7. Mario Party 9 (Wii)
  8. Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  9. Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
  10. MLB: The Show (PS3, PSV)

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