NPD data: U.S. video game sales spike 73% to a record $1.5B in April amid stay-at-home orders

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The U.S. gaming industry broke a record in April as sales across hardware, software, accessories and game cards reached $1.5 billion, up 73% year-over-year. The data shows how more people are playing video games during the COVID-19 crisis, benefitting companies such as Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.

NPD Group reported that software sales were up 55% last month, to $662 million, a new record for April. Final Fantasy VII: Remake was the best-selling game, followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which set sales records in March.

Hardware sales were up 163% to $420 million, with the Nintendo Switch leading the way in both unit and dollar sales. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch all saw sales spike by more than 160% year-over-year.

Sales of the Nintendo Switch through this year are the highest of any hardware platform in history, NPD said. Microsoft and Sony are expected to roll out new consoles this holiday season.

NPD says its data does not cover total market and consumer spend. It analyzes sales of physical video game products and a subset of full-game digital downloads from participating publishers including Activision-Blizzard, EA, Microsoft, Sony, Take 2 Interactive, and others.