NPD April 2021 Returnal 1

MLB The Show 21’s inclusion with Game Pass didn’t hinder full-price sales anywhere near as much as expected, as the game topped the April 2021 NPD best-sellers list, setting a new series record in the process. It’s worth noting that this was the first entry in the baseball simulation to also release on Xbox platforms, broadening its audience significantly.

It wasn’t the only new PlayStation Studios title to chart, however: PS5 exclusive Returnal managed to climb up to eighth position, despite only having its sales tracked for a single day. That’s a decent result, all things considered. It Takes Two also saw its fortunes improve month-over-month – it finished ninth in April 2021, despite being 22nd in its debut month of March 2021.

Overall, the United States industry experienced a small decline of two per cent year-over-year – presumably because lockdowns were in full swing this time in 2020. Hardware sales fell 30 per cent, although restricted stock of next-gen consoles is certainly not helping on that front. For April 2021, total spend reached $4.6 billion across all categories.

NPD Software Top 20: April 2021

  1. MLB The Show 21^
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  3. New Pokémon Snap*
  4. Outriders
  5. NieR Replicant
  6. Mortal Kombat 11
  7. Monster Hunter Rise
  8. Returnal
  9. It Takes Two
  10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  12. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  13. Super Mario 3D World*
  14. Minecraft
  15. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  16. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
  17. Super Smash Bros Ultimate*
  18. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  19. Pokémon Sword/Shield*
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: April 2021

  1. MLB The Show 21
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  3. Returnal
  4. Outriders
  5. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  6. NieR Replicant
  7. Mortal Kombat 11
  8. It Takes Two
  9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  10. Ghost of Tsushima

NPD Best-Selling Games of 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Super Mario 3D World*
  3. MLB The Show 21^
  4. Monster Hunter Rise
  5. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  6. Outriders
  7. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Minecraft
  10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included

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