Switch surpasses PS4 lifetime sales in US, Elden Ring surpasses COD in less than 3 months: Vanguard

April 2022 is set to be a historic month for Nintendo Switch, as it’s the month the hybrid console surpasses PlayStation 4 lifetime sales in the US

This message is via Mat Piscatella of The NPD Group, who reports monthly U.S. sales of video game hardware, software, accessories, and more. This month’s news included an overall 8% drop in consumer video game spending to $4.3 billion compared to April last year. Year-to-date spending in 2022 was also 8% lower than the same period a year ago, to $18.3 billion. However, it’s still been a great month for video game hardware — especially the Switch.

“The Nintendo Switch has now surpassed the PlayStation 4 in lifetime sales, becoming the fourth-best-selling console in U.S. history, and the sixth-highest-selling console for video game hardware platforms overall. Among consoles, it trails only the PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii.”

As you can see in Piscatella’s tweet above, the Switch broke new records last month, considering it’s still going to be Nintendo’s console for the foreseeable future (though we don’t mind a Switch 2 or Switch Pro right now), There’s a chance it could continue to climb the best-selling console list. Year-to-date, the Switch also has the highest sales of any hardware platform in April 2022 and throughout 2022. The Xbox Series X/S consoles came in second over the same period.

Overall, video game hardware sales rose 16 percent from last year to $343 million. Compared to April 2021, Piscatella attributed the increase in the supply of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles to the market. Year-to-date hardware spending, however, fell 9 percent to $1.5 billion overall.

For Sony, the company’s PlayStation 5 leads in April 2022 hardware sales (not unit sales, mind you), followed by the Xbox Series X/S and Switch, Piscatella wrote. However, the Xbox Series X/S has had the highest hardware sales of all three platforms so far this year, followed by the PS5 and then the Switch. If you’re wondering how, especially if the Switch sells more than both, it’s because the Switch is cheaper.

On the software side, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga topped the charts in April 2022, debuting as the second-best-selling game overall in 2022. It’s also the #1 game on Nintendo, PlayStation, and Steam. On top of that, The Skywalker Saga has the highest launch month dollar sales of any LEGO game in the franchise’s history, and it’s already the sixth-best-selling LEGO game to date after just a month on the market. The Skywalker Saga is also the first third-party game to top the Switch since March 2021, with Monster Hunter Rising at the top of the list.

It may come as a surprise to no one that From Software’s Elden Ring was the second best-selling game of the month, two months after its release. Still the best-selling game of the year so far, it has now surpassed Call of Duty: Pioneer as the best-selling “premium game for the past 12 months ending April 2022,” Piscatella wrote on Twitter. .

Here are the 10 best-selling video games in April 2022:

  1. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. Eldon Ring
  3. MLB Show 22
  4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  5. Nintendo Switch Sports
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Horizon Forbidden West
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  9. racing 7
  10. Pokemon Legend: Arceus

Here are the 10 best-selling games of 2022 so far:

  1. Eldon Ring
  2. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  3. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  4. Horizon Forbidden West
  5. MLB Show 22
  6. racing 7
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  9. Madden NFL 22
  10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

For more information, be sure to check Piscatella’s entire NPD thread, which includes a top 10 breakdown for each console platform, video game accessory spending, and more. Catch up on March’s NPD numbers to find out how the Xbox Series X/S became the best-selling console in the US in dollar terms.


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