US Game Spending Declined 2 Percent In April 2021

According to NPD Group’s April 2021 results, US game spending has dropped for the first time in 13 months, although it was only a 2% decline.

Last month, the US spent $4.7 billion on games. Hardware lost the most, dropping 30% year-over-year to $296 million.

Nintendo Switch led in unit sales and dollar sales for the month. Further, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are still in short supply, which limits sales of both consoles.

Spending on console, mobile, PC, cloud, and subscription services grew by 12% to $4.1 billion in the software category.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (physical sales only) was dethroned by MLB: The Show 21 in April and fell to second place.

Nintendo’s Switch-exclusive New Pokemon Snap ranked third, and Square Enix’s RPG remaster Nier Replicant placed fifth. Returnal, a roguelike shooter from Housemarque, debuted at number eight.

Mortal Kombat 11 ranked sixth on the best sellers list in April 2021, marking its first appearance in the top ten since July 2020, when it ranked ninth.

Additionally, accessories spending decreased 23% to $168 million, with the PS5 DualSense controller remaining the best-selling peripheral.

According to the NPD, gaming spending increased 35% in April 2021. (At the time, the NPD’s monthly report did not include mobile spending, subscriptions, and other major contributors to the consumer spending figure.)

Here are the US Top 20 (based on dollar sales) for April 4, 2021, through May 1, 2021:

Last Month This MonthTitle
NEW 1 MLB: The Show 21^
1 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
NEW 3 New Pokemon Snap*
3 4 Outriders
NEW 5 NieR: Replicant
14 6 Mortal Kombat 11
2 7 Monster Hunter: Rise
NEW 8 Returnal
22 9 It Takes Two
6 10 Mario Kart 8*
11 11 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
5 12 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
4 13 Super Mario 3D World*
10 14 Minecraft
8 15 Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
9 16 Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
12 17 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
7 18 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
13 19 Pokemon: Sword/Shield*
16 20 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
*Digital sales not included

^Xbox digital sales not included

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