Mortal Kombat makes April its bitch, leads big month for US gaming

Mortal Kombat is the king of all April games, say the number crunchers at The NPD Group. Selling just shy of 900,000 copies, the NetherRealm Studios reboot managed to supplant Pokemon Black/White as the industry's best-selling title(s), and lead a month that saw incredible gains for the US gaming industry in whole.

According to the report, the US video game market experienced an impressive 20% year-over-year growth in April, ending the traditionally slow month with $961.2 million in sales. Breaking it down further, NPD documented a 26% increase in software sales, totaling $503.2 million; a healthy 12% rise in hardware sales, totaling $279.9 million, and a cool 20% gains for accessories, rounding out at $147.6 million.

April's gains were bolstered by a number of high-performing titles, including the top three sellers: Mortal Kombat, Portal 2 and Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. As NPD analyst Anita Frazer explained: "The content slate was stronger this year versus last April. Five games sold more than 250,000 units in April 2011 as opposed to just two last April [Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction and Pokemon HeartGold Version]."

The complete top 10 list is as follows:

1- Mortal Kombat 2011 (Warner Bros. Interactive, PS3, Xbox 360)
2- Portal 2 (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
3- Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts, Wii, NDS, 3DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
4- Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard, Xbox 360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)
5- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters (EA, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
6- Crysis 2 (EA, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
7- Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii)
8- Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, NDS, PSP)
9- Pokemon White Version (Nintendo, NDS)
10- NBA 2K11 (Take Two Interactive, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)

Turning to hardware, the Xbox 360 moved the most consoles with a total of 297,000 units – a 60% year-on-year increase for Microsoft. Asked what could have contributed to the Xbox 360's April dominance, Xbox Group Product Manager David Dennis told GameSpot: "I think it's continued momentum coming out of the holiday for us...We had a great run with Xbox and Kinect. It won 11 out of 12 months--we lost December by a small margin because we ran out of consoles because Kinect was on fire, and we picked that run up again in January. We've been the best-selling console so far this year in 2011."

The PS3 was the next best-selling console at 205K units, followed by the 3DS at 194K and the Wii at 172K.

[Source: USA TodayGameSpot]

May 13, 2011


  • Joker117 - May 19, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    wish I coulda bought it , thank god almost one million others did when I think of my child hood of video games MK , sonic, mario and final fantasy all come to mind .. and only MK can still keep me interested anymore haha - now if only they can redo the 2nd movie or both movies..
  • J-spit - May 16, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    I'm a HUGE Mortal Kombat fan, but even I wasn't expecting that! Can MK hit a million Standard Edition copies by the end of the year?
  • D0CCON - May 15, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    I wonder if Portal 2 would have come out on top if Steam sales were included in this.
  • Psylockerules - May 15, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    So glad mk done well, now whens the DLC :)
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - May 13, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    Finish him!!!
  • Baron164 - May 13, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Probably the only reason MK beat Portal 2 was because Steam sales aren't counted ;-) However I'd love to see which version of Portal 2 sold better, 360 or PS3. Just curious how that whole Steam integration went over. Unfortunately it's a moot point right now.
  • xDxP - May 13, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I've definitely been getting my portal kombat on for the last couple of weeks. I'm such a sheep.
  • RamenChimera - May 13, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    I hated april, but only because it was so hard to decide... Portal 2.. or Mortal Kombat?! Couldn't get both. The winner was MK.
  • trackstar103 - May 13, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    the 3ds hasn't even sold a million units in the US yet? smh
  • CoryM1134 - May 13, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    NetherRealms and Valve both did an awesome job. I'm happy to see two well crafted games get their deserved sales. Both Mortal Kombat and Portal 2 are high fives to gamers.
  • Sharkbot - May 13, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    Applause to MK for beating BO.
  • Scotty2Hotty - May 13, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    It's great to see MK make such a komeback.
  • Stridefizzel - May 13, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Mortal Kombat vs Portal 2... Mortal Kombat rips Portal 2's spine out... FATALITY!!!

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