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The NPD Group's April report of vital stats for the game industry has just been released, revealing the top 10 best-selling games of the month for the United States. The obvious big hitters of the year make an appearance, but couple of the others are really quite surprising.

NPD Group is a market research company that serves as the main source for the health of the industry. You can see lists of top-sellers below for an indication of what the most popular games are right now.

Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 Deluxe holds the all-round number 1 spot, with Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, MLB 17 The Show, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands rounding out the top five. So far, so shiny new toys. Weirdly, a couple of the best sellers are not only not new games, but are in fact around almost 5 years old.

GTA V Still Steals The Show, Black Ops II Is A Stealth Hit

[Credit: Activision]
[Credit: Activision]

That's right. Rockstar's (released 2013) and Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012) are both in the top 10 best-selling games of April 2017, despite having been released roughly four years ago. What's going on?

GTAV is a huge game with a lot of mileage in it, certainly. The fact that so many people are still buying it new is a testament to the fact that no competitor has been able to make a sandbox game quite like it. That, and the strength of the brand. Saints Row IV also came out in 2013 and is still supported with DLC coming out this year, but can't quite get on GTA V's level.

Another thing GTA V has going for it is its multiplayer and modding community, which means that gamers buying today still expect plenty of activity online, such as GTA: Online's breakout cop show on Twitch, or new fan content like the fantastically schwifty Rick and Morty mods.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II was originally released for the Xbox 360 (and PS3) back in 2012 but this April it was re-released as a backward compatible game for the Xbox One. This obviously helped the title chart in the top 10, where it handily beat the more recent Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in sales across all platforms.

The State Of Gaming In April 2017 - Nintendo Emerge As Clear Winners

Overall, the total amount of money being spent on gaming (inc. hardware, games and accessories) rose 10 percent to $636 million. This is the first time that spending has increased in consecutive months since November 2015.

Nintendo absolutely killed it in April. The Switch continues to be the top-seller when it comes to hardware, shifting more than 280,000 units in the US during the month. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tops the list of April's games, with more than 460,000 physical copies and a further 90,000 digital units sold. Even more impressively, the game launched on April 28, and the NPD's reporting period ended April 29, so that's just two days of sales taken into account.

Check out the trailer for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, best-selling game of April 2017 in just 2 days:

Another interesting Nintendo success story is the fact that the NES Classic was the No. 2 best-seller in the US during April, outperforming Xbox One and PS4, although we don't have a specific sales figure for the retro-console. Good thing they discontinued it, huh? ...

Here are a few more bite-sized tidbits to take away from the NPD survey:

  • Overall hardware spending rose 37 percent to $195 million, the highest hardware revenue in the US for an April since 2011.
  • Game sales rose 6 percent to $304 million, led by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Persona 5, as well as continued sales of Breath of the Wild.
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the best-selling game of the year so far, the runner up being another Ubisoft title, For Honor.
  • Accessories and gamecard sales jumped 4 percent to $126 million. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller was the top-selling gamepad for April.

Top 10 Best-Selling Games For April 2017

Titles marked with an asterisk do not include digital sales.

All Platforms

  • 1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  • 2. Persona 5*
  • 3. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • 4. MLB The Show 17
  • 5. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • 6. Grand Theft Auto V
  • 7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • 8. NBA 2K17
  • 9. Overwatch*
  • 10. Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Top 10 PS4 Games

  • 1. Persona 5*
  • 2. MLB 17: The Show
  • 3. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • 4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • 5. Grand Theft Auto V
  • 6. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  • 7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • 8. NBA 2K17
  • 9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • 10. Overwatch

Top 10 Xbox One Games

  • 1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • 2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • 3. Grand Theft Auto V
  • 4. Overwatch
  • 5. Forza Horizon 3
  • 6. NBA 2K17
  • 7. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • 8. Lego Worlds
  • 9. Rainbow Six Siege
  • 10. For Honor

Top 9 Nintendo Switch Games

  • 1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  • 2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • 3. Lego City Undercover*
  • 4. 1-2-Switch*
  • 5. Puyo Puyo Tetris*
  • 6. Super Bomberman R*
  • 7. Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + *
  • 8. Just Dance 2017*
  • 9. Skylanders Imaginators*

Top 10 Portable Titles

  • 1. Mario Sports Superstars*
  • 2. Pokemon Sun*
  • 3. Pokemon Moon*
  • 4. Super Mario Maker*
  • 5. Poochy & Yoshi's Wooly World*
  • 6. Super Smash Bros.*
  • 7. Mario Kart 7*
  • 8. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D*
  • 9. Super Mario 3D Land*
  • 10. New Super Mario Bros. 2*

2017 Top-Selling Games So Far

The best-selling games of the year so far based on dollar sales.

  • 1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • 2. For Honor
  • 3. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • 4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • 5. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • 6. Resident Evil 7
  • 7. Grand Theft Auto V
  • 8. NBA 2K17
  • 9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • 10. MLB 17: The Show

12 Months Rolling Through April 2017

These are the best-selling games (again, in terms of dollar sales) for the 12 months rolling through March 2017.

  • 1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • 2. Battlefield 1
  • 3. NBA 2K17
  • 4. Madden NFL 17
  • 5. Overwatch*
  • 6. Grand Theft Auto V
  • 7. FIFA 17
  • 8. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • 9. Final Fantasy XV
  • 10. For Honor

Hey Big Spenders

Those are the facts and figures according to NPD's April stats. Congratulations to Nintendo and Ubisoft for well deserved success from quality releases. It's also great to see Persona 5 doing so well stateside.

Have you played any of these best sellers? Do you think they deserve their success?

(Source: Gamespot)

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