April 2018 NPD - Nintendo Labo, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey make Top 10

April 2018

Total: $823 million (up 18% from $699 million in April 2017)
Hardware: $225 million (up 15% from $195 million)
PC and console software: $359 million (up 13% from $317 million)
Accessories: $241 million (up 28% from $187 million)

Year-to-date spending across video game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards is up 15% when compared to the same period a year ago, to $4.2 billion. Growth has occurred across all categories of spending.


Nintendo Labo debuts on the charts: Nintendo Labo Variety Kit debuts as the fourth best-selling game of April in dollar sales, while the Robot Kit came in at number 21 on the charts.


PlayStation 4 hardware breaks a record: Sony's PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console hardware platform in April, and remains the best-selling console hardware platform year to date. PlayStation 4 generated the highest April unit sales for a Console since Nintendo Wii in April 2009, and the highest April dollar sales for a Console since Nintendo Wii in April 2008.

Year to date spending grows: For the 2018 year to date period, hardware spending has increased 14% to $1.2 billion. Spending gains for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Plug N Play devices such as the SNES Classic have driven growth.

The PS4 Pro 1TB Limited Edition God of War bundle was the month's best-selling hardware item in dollar sales, while the Switch 32GB with Neon Red/Blue Joy Con was the leading hardware item in unit sales.

Gamepad Sales are up: Gamepad spending increased 7% in April 2018 compared to a year ago and is up 23% year to date.

Top 20 software

1. God of War 2018
2. Far Cry 5
3. MLB 18: The Show
4. Labo Variety Kit
5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
6. Mario Kart 8*
7. Grand Theft Auto V
8. Call of Duty: WWII
9. Super Mario Odyssey*
10. NBA 2K18
11. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds^
12. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
14. Monster Hunter: World
15. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
16. A Way Out^
17. Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life*
18. Sea Of Thieves
19. Kirby Star Allies*
20. FIFA 18^

* Digital sales not included

Nintendo Switch Top 10

1. Labo Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit
2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
3. Mario Kart 8
4. Super Mario Odyssey
5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
6. Kirby Star Allies
7. Labo Toy-Con 02 Robot Kit
8. Splatoon 2
9. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
10. Pokken Tournament DX


1. Pokémon: Ultra Sun
2. Pokémon: Ultra Moon
3. Detective Pikachu
4. Super Smash Bros.
5. Mario Kart 7
6. Super Mario 3D Land
7. Minecraft
8. Super Mario Maker
9. Mario Party: The Top 100
10. Kirby: Battle Royale

Best-selling games of the last 12 months

1. Call of Duty: WWII
2. NBA 2K18
3. Destiny 2**
4. Madden NFL 18
5. Super Mario Odyssey*
6. Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017**
7. Grand Theft Auto V
8. Far Cry 5
9. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
10. Mario Kart 8*

Year to Date

1. Far Cry 5
2. Monster Hunter: World
3. God of War 2018
4. Call of Duty: WWII
5. Dragon Ball: Fighterz
6. Grand Theft Auto V
7. NBA 2K18
8. MLB 18: The Show
9. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds^
10. Mario Kart 8*

Tags: 3ds, eshop, switch


Without digital sales included this list is very incomplete.

Tue May 22 18 07:01pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

Tropical Freeze took 4th in two days (NPD was 4/8-5/5) and not counting digital. Good for it. Surprised it did that well.

Tue May 22 18 07:03pm
Rating: 1

Bit odd they say PS4 had the highest unit sales of any April system since the Wii, but then state the highest selling hardware unit in terms of units shipped is the Switch.

Unless what they mean is the PlayStation 4 FAMILY generated a combined new record for unit sales for a console, but the top selling console if we ranked them all as individual things is the Switch, above the PS4 and PS4 Pro as individual things.

So the PS4 combined was the best seller and new April record holder, but individually its the Switch? They dont really make that clear because something they talk about the Pro (I.e. best dollar sales for hardware this month was the Pro) but other times they just say "PS4".

Thing is they never state if its the "PlayStation 4" or "PlayStation 4 family of systems". Just...PlayStation 4, which draws issue when they later mention the PS4 Pro. So it seems as though throughout the report they are talking about the individual stock keeping units.

I think “PlayStation 4 hardware” is including both models. Is it also saying the red and blue Switch SKU sold better than the regular black model?

Seems so. Red/Blue is the way to go

Tue May 22 18 07:46pm
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In terms of unit sales:

Switch with red and blue joycons > any other console SKU, including bundles

PS4 family (regular + pro + any other sort of SKU that includes anything you can label as a PS4 console) > any other family of consoles (Switch and all its variants and bundles, XBO and all its variants and bundles, etc.)

Most of the time NPD talks about a console, they are talking about that family of consoles (e.g. 3ds, 2ds, n3ds, and all their XL versions and whatever would be “the 3DS family”) unless otherwise explicitly stated. Remember that NPD reports are not made for console war forum fodder, they’re made for market investors and such.

I'm well aware of who they are made for, it's just the lack of distinction goes against the usual reports I read and have read when studying Business and Economics myself. It was poorly worded is all.

I guess I just didn’t see a reason for confusion. As I read it I was like “Oh okay, so the Red Blue Switch SKU sold most in the month, but the PS4 line of consoles, due to the power of God of War, sold best and better than any line of consoles since Wii in 2009, for the April month each year.” The only thing I’d like to be sure of is whether or not that record includes 3DS. It probably is not including 3DS, as NPD typically talks about home consoles (like Switch) and handhelds (not Switch) separately.

Tue May 22 18 07:44pm
Rating: 1

Good for DK. I gladly bought it again and beat it that other day. Fantastic game.

Tue May 22 18 08:17pm
Rating: 1

Gamepad Sales are up: Gamepad spending increased 7% in April 2018 compared to a year ago and is up 23% year to date.

Crazy how the Wii U Gamepad keeps selling

I really wish we could get some sales numbers, because I was reading when the NPD data first leaked that Labo had made the top 10 but that its sales were actually very disappointing. It's all good and well saying it's at number 4 but if its sales are low then it's meaningless. Labo was the highest placed Switch title, so if that has poor sales then the others are obviously lower. Maybe they meant that combined sales of both Labo kits overall was poor. The Robot kit didn't make the top 20 after all.

April is a really quiet time of year and when you look at the various charts you can make a lot of deductions. If you look at the last 2 charts, Nintendo barely figure, 2 games in the last 12 months chart and 1 game in the year to date chart. And if you look at all the other games, I think besides NBA 2K18, none of the other games are on Switch.

It's like if you look at Japan's sales last week. DKC: TF was number 1 and Switch hardware sales were number 1. Sounds great, right? Well, no. DKC: TF sold ~25,000 copies and the Switch sold ~30,000 units. That's fairly poor, especially the software sales. The difference there is we get to see the actual numbers.

Tue May 22 18 09:21pm
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I think it’s telling that DKC:TF charted at #4 when it was only out two days. I doubt it sold 2-3 million in that timeframe like GoW did. SoT had a dramatic drop off from #2 last month to #18. Kirby went from #4 to #19. Yikes.

”Real men don’t buy Cardboard, we buy 18+ games only”

See that it sold more than CoD and GTA ex. under april

Must have been bought by boys and women then.

South Park didn't make it into top 10. Guess that's it for not kit oriented Ubisoft releases.

OH for sure, Ubi took a chance and got burned. They are finished with Switch unless its "Petz: Pup Patrol 2018"

I didn't expect Labo to do that great honestly. Nice to see!

It might be placed high in the chart but the numbers are supposed to be very disappointing. It's like look at Japan this week:


it seems like Labo is doing ok until see the numbers. It hasn't done as well as Nintendo had hoped.

The fact that Yakuza 6 lost to Labo and even freaking Kirby really saddens me, that's a great game. At least Pokken DX is still selling in terms of switch-only charts, love that game


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