April 2020 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards reached $1.5 billion, a 73% increase when compared to April 2019. This is also a new record for an April month, a milestone that was previously set by April 2008’s $1.2 billion.Dollar sales for tracked video game software also set a new record for an April month at $662 million, a 55% increase year-over-year and the highest since April 2008’s $642 million.
Nintendo Switch remained the best-selling hardware platform of the month, and dollar sales of PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch increased more than 160% when compared to April 2020.
Switch also has the highest year-to-date dollar sales of any hardware platform in US history, a record that was previously held by Nintendo Wii in the same year-to-date period in April 2009.
Every 2020 Video Game Release
While Final Fantasy VII Remake led the month, other titles also reached impressive milestones. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare became the 4th fastest selling release in US tracked history, while Just Dance 2020 finished at #11, up from #17 in March 2020. Just Dance 2020 is the fastest selling game in the franchise since Just Dance 2014.
The full list of best-selling games for April 2020 is as follows:
April 2020’s Best-Selling Games
- Final Fantasy VII Remake
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- NBA 2K20
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Resident Evil 3
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered
- MLB: The Show 20
- Madden NFL 20
- Red Dead Redemption II
- Just Dance 2020
- FIFA 20
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Borderlands 3
- Predator: Hunting Grounds
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Persona 5: Royal
- Need for Speed: Heat
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Final Fantasy VII Remake entered the NPD charts as the 3rd best-selling game of 2020 year-to-date, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Animal Crossing: New Horizons holding down the 1st and 2nd spot, respectively.
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