You know how these NPD sales charts work by now, right? Typically the uber-mainstream titles all move to the top, while the more core gamer franchises secure a token appearance towards the bottom. Except that hasn’t really happened this time: Persona 5 finished second in April 2017. This is an incredible achievement because it really doesn’t get much more niche than JRPGs these days, yet it managed to outperform the second month of MLB The Show 17 – itself one of the top ten best selling games of the year so far.

It was a really good month for the United States games industry actually: overall spend was up 10 per cent year-over-year at $636 million, with boosted hardware and software sales accounting for that. Obviously the Nintendo Switch – which was the best-selling console of the month – is helping to contribute to that, but it’s a healthy sign for the industry as a whole.

It’s worth mentioning that Ubisoft’s quietly doing really well, too. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands – which finished in fifth position in its second month of sales tracking – is currently the best selling game of the year in the USA, while For Honor is second. And Horizon: Zero Dawn – which finished in 12th place in April's charts – is currently fourth for 2017 overall. That’s a really impressive accomplishment for Guerrilla Games, and we’re sure Sony is already licking its lips over the prospect of a sequel – or even some kind of expansion pack.

NPD’s giving out a much wider array of data now, so we’ve included all of the relevant information below. It’s going to be interesting to see how the summer months go down, isn’t it? When will Nintendo be able to fully satisfy Switch demand? And how are games like Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy going to perform? There should be plenty to talk about in the traditionally quiet period that’s fast approaching.

NPD Software Top 20: April 2017

  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

NPD PS4 Software Top 10: April 2017

  1. Persona 5*
  2. MLB 17: The Show
  3. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  10. Overatch

NPD Best Selling Games Through April 2017

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. For Honor
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn
  5. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  6. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  10. MLB 17: The Show

*Does not include digital sales **Blizzard launcher sales not includes

[via venturebeat.com]