April 2020 NPD: U.S. game spending breaks records

April 2020 NPD: U.S. game spending breaks records

Cooped-up Consumers Spent Trucks Loaded With Video Games In April, Says industry monitoring company The NPD Group. Spending on new games, hardware, accessories and game cards tracked reached $ 1.5 billion. Games like Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Animal Crossing: New Horizons contributed to growth. Here are the full results

Sales in 2020 cumulative dollars, in millions YTD 2019 2020 YTD
Total video game sales $ 4,017 $ 4,500
Video game equipment $ 918 $ 1,193
Video game software (physical digital formats and full games from Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for DLP participants) $ 1,905 $ 2,018
Video game accessories and cards $ 1,194 $ 1,289

“In April 2020, recorded spending on hardware, software, accessories and video game cards totaled $ 1.5 billion, 73% more than a year ago,” said Mat Piscatella, analyst at the NDP. “This is a new record for declared spending for the month of April, overshadowing the $ 1.2 billion generated in April 2008.”

The good performance of March and April also boosted the cumulative results of 2020.

“Since the start of 2020, tracked spending on hardware, software, accessories and video game cards has reached $ 4.5 billion,” said Piscatella. “[That’s up] 12% compared to a year ago. “

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Let’s go to software.

NDP April 2020: Top 20 best-selling games of the month in the United States

NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but it also obtains digital data directly from publishers. But not all companies participate. For example, Nintendo does not share its proprietary digital sales and Activision Blizzard does not provide its Battle.net sales. This graph also does not include microtransactions, subscriptions or anything beyond sales of complete games. With these caveats in mind, it’s best to think of it as a very useful snapshot of a much more dynamic industry.

These charts are sorted by dollar sales and not by number of units sold.

  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 game sales.

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

And 2020 follows well before 2019.

“Sales of tracked video game software have exceeded $ 2 billion since the start of the year, up 6% from a year ago.”

Remake of Final Fantasy VII

“Final Fantasy VII: Remake was the best-selling game of April and instantly becomes the # 3 best-selling game since the start of the year,” said Piscatella. “Final Fantasy VII: Remake is currently the best-selling game of 2020 on PlayStation 4.”

The massive reimagination of Square Enix from the classic PlayStation also sets new heights for the franchise.

“Final Fantasy VII: Remake sets a new record launch month for Final Fantasy franchise sales in unit sales and dollars,” said Piscatella. “The two records were previously held by Final Fantasy XV, which was launched during the December 2016 follow-up period.”

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

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare repeats itself as the best-selling game of month 2, and remains the best-selling game both since the start of the year and for the 12-month period ending in April 2020 “said Piscatella. . “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is currently the fourth best-selling version in U.S. history (dollar sales in the first seven months of the market).”

The Xbox 360 and Modern Warfare 2 remaster for PlayStation 3 also worked well.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Remastered ended April as the # 7 best-selling game of the month after its release on the Xbox One platform,” said Piscatella. “Three Call of Duty franchise titles were among the top 10 games for 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 itself as the second-best-selling game of 2020 to date,” said Piscatella. “Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling title on Switch for the 12-month period ending in April 2020.”

Just Dance 2020

“Just Dance 2020 continues to climb the monthly bestseller list,” said Piscatella. “It finished as the eleventh best-selling game in April, after ranking at 17 in March. Just Dance 2020 is the release of the best-selling Just Dance franchise since Just Dance 2014, released for the first time in the October 2014 follow-up period. ”

Top 10 best selling games to date this year

  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 games in the past 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 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 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 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 *

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