NPD: Mario Kart 8 and Persona 5 Plant a Japanese Flag on the U.S. Video Game Market in April

NPD: Mario Kart 8 and Persona 5 Plant a Japanese Flag on the U.S. Video Game Market in April

The American gaming market was dominated by three Japanese games in April.

Today the NPD released its monthly results, painting the picture of the gaming market in the United States during the month of April.

Below you can read the ranking for software:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  2. Persona 5*
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  4. MLB 17: The Show
  5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Mass Effect Andromeda
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Overwatch**
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  11. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  12. Horizon Zero Dawn
  13. Lego City Undercover
  14. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  15. Lego Worlds
  16. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  17. Battlefield 1
  18. For Honor
  19. NieR: Automata
  20. Minecraft

As usual the games market by an asterisk don’t include digital sales, while those market by two asterisks don’t include sales.

We learned yesterday that the Switch was the best selling console in the United States in April, and the second ranker was actually the NES Classic.

A very interesting elements is that the three best selling games of the month were all Japanese, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Persona 5 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

This actually brings up a small mystery, because the NDP does not count digital sales for either the Nintendo eShop or the PlayStation Store (which actually makes the whole ranking kind of moot, I know). This means that we don’t really know which one was really the best seller between Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Persona 5, especially considering that digital downloads are very popular on PlayStation platforms. Unfortunately, we won’t really be able to solve this mystery unless Sega comes out with its full numbers for the region.