April NPDs: Sam Fisher Walks Into The Top Spot

By Jordan Douglas on May 14, 2010, 10:44AM EDT

The NPD Group have released the overall sales numbers for the month of April 2010, and the results don't inspire much confidence, unless you happen to be Sam Fisher. The industry experienced a 26 percent decline in revenue compared with this time last year. One exception is PlayStation 3, Sony is quick to point out their platform is only one with "growth both year over year (42.6 percent) and year to date (37.2 percent)." The full figures are shown below.

April 2010 Hardware

  1. Nintendo DS: 440,800

  2. Wii: 277,200

  3. Xbox 360: 185,400

  4. PlayStation 3: 180,800

  5. PSP: 65,500

Yet again, the Nintendo DS was the big winner in terms of hardware sales, moving 440,800 units. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were virtually even, at 185,400 and 180,800 respectively. The PSP continues to struggle in the US, only able to sell 65,500 units in April - Sony has got to be thinking very hard about PSP 2 at this point. After ten years on the market, the PS2 has finally been taken off the NPD charts, the firm is predicting the DS will surpass PS2 as the most successful platform in history sometime in 2010.

April 2010 Software

1 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (360), 486,100

  1. Pokémon SoulSilver (DS), 242,900

  2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii), 200,300

  3. Pokémon HeartGold (DS), 192,600

  4. God of War III (PS3), 180,300

  5. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

  6. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (360) 166,000 (Microsoft-released figure)

  7. Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board (Wii)

  8. Just Dance (Wii)

  9. Super Street Fighter IV (PS3)

Splinter Cell: Conviction easily took the top sales spot this month, being one of the only high profile new releases. Although, the two Pokémon versions combined came close at 435,500. March 2010 saw a number of major releases such as God of War III and Final Fantasy XIII. While God of War III was still able to move nearly 200,000 copies, Final Fantasy XIII has completely disappeared from the charts.

Source: Gamasutra

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