It turns out that Mortal Kombat’s return was welcome, as the tenth entry in the series, Mortal Kombat X, received rave reviews and was hailed by critics. According to the NPD Group, it was also the best selling game in April 2015.
Physical game and hardware sales for the month of April were up three percent year-over-year at $595.7 million USD. Much of this was through game sales this time around. Software sales went up 13 percent to $256.7 million from the same period last year. Hardware sales in the US, however, fell 4 percent to $183.9 million in April, continuing last month’s trend, though the year-over-year drop was not as bad.
The PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne fell off of the NPD software top ten, with Dark Souls II making a come back through the release of Scholar of the First Sin. The chart included other older titles as well, with Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, and Borderlands finding a place on the board.
Microsoft seems to have ended the PlayStation 4’s streak as best-selling console once again, with their hardware sales going up 63 percent year-over-year last month. Sony still maintains the better lifetime-to-date sales so far, with PlayStation platforms as a whole still leading software sales during April 2015.
April 2015 Top Ten Sales Chart (Software):
- Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
- Battlefield: Hardline (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
- MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
- Minecraft (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
- NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
- Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U (3DS, Wii U)
- Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)