Nintendo Switch Was the Best-Selling Console in the US in April; Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the Top-Selling Game

The Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe top software and hardware sales in the United Sates for the month of April, according to the NPD Group.

May 17, 2017

Today, Nintendo announced that according to the NPD Group, which tracks video games sales in the United Sates, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling video game hardware in the month of April with more than 280,000 units sold.

This is notably the second month in a row that Nintendo’s new piece of hardware has led the pack in sales following its record-breaking launch in March. Further, combined with the sales of the Nintendo 3DS — which sold more than 68,000 units — Nintendo combined to make up almost half of all hardware sales across all dedicated video game systems in the United States.

On the software side of things: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the top-selling video game in April in the US with more than 460,000 physical units sold. Combining this number with digital sales, the total is more than 550,000 units for the month. As Nintendo points out, what makes this number even more impressive is the fact that the game launched on April 28th, meaning it only had two days’ worth of sales in the reporting period, which cuts off on April 29th.

Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came in as the third-highest selling game. Nintendo also points out that 1-2-Switch and digital only game Snipperclips — Cut it out, together! also saw strong sales for the month.

Nintendo will look to build on this momentum through the summer via the release of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Nintendo 3DS, May 19), Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Capcom (Nintendo Switch, May 26), ARMS (Nintendo Switch, June 16), Ever Oasis (Nintendo 3DS, June 23) and Splatoon 2 (Nintendo Switch, July 21). Additionally, Nintendo 3DS games Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia both launch on July 28, the same day as New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo’s newest hand-held system.

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It’s important to note that data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

NPD Group is set to release its full report for the month tomorrow: so stay tuned for that.

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