MLB: Show 21 Dominates April Sales After Migrating to Multi-Platform-NPD

Sheriff Sayed
May 28, 2021 11:54 GMT

April was a little quieter for the game business.

Is NPD The Group published a report on the physical and digital business of games in the United States in April. Overall personal spending on hardware, software and accessories totaled $ 4.6 billion last month, down 2% from April last year.

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Hardware dollar sales fell by as much as 30% compared to April last year, bringing in $ 296 million. However, compared to April 2019, it has increased by 84% and looks much better.

The Nintendo Switch is the best-selling console of the month in dollars and unit sales. Switch has so far maintained its lead as the best-selling console in 2021.


The most interesting release in April was MLB: The Show 21, which was the best-selling game of the month and the third best-selling game to date in 2021. According to NPD, MLB: Show $ 21 sales set a new franchise record with the simultaneous launch of the game on the Xbox platform. This is the first time for a franchise.

MLB: Show 21 was, of course, the best-selling game on the PlayStation in April and the second-selling game on the Xbox. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War came in second in overall sales, and New Pokemon Snap came in third.

New Pokemon Snap was Switch’s best-selling game, as it tends to be exclusive to Nintendo, with retail sales in the month of launch more than double that of the original Pokemon Snap. Another big monopoly in April was the PS5 Returnal, which went on sale at the end of the month, ranking 8th overall and 3rd on the PlayStation.

See the list of top 10 games (all platforms) for April 2021 below.

  1. MLB: Show 21.
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War.
  3. New Pokemon Snap.
  4. Outrider.
  5. Nier: Replicant.
  6. Mortal Kombat 11.
  7. Monster Hunter Rise.
  8. Homecoming.
  9. It takes two.
  10. Mario Kart 8.

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