Top 20 Best Selling Games of April 2022 (USA). Switch Outsells PS4 Consoles!

18 May 2022
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What were the Top 20 best selling games in April 2022 in the United States?

The newest NPD numbers are in, and so are the top lists of the highest selling game systems and games (by revenue) for last month in North America. Including both retail and most digital sales & revenue numbers.

What’s most surprising isn’t only that the 108 million Switch console sales outsold the PS4’s lifetime sales in the USA after 5 years on the market, congrats Nintendo! It’s only 9 million units behind worldwide. — But also surprising is that Elden Ring was the 2nd best-selling title of April 2022 and is now the best-selling game of 2022 year-to-date and has surpassed Call of Duty: Vanguard to become the best-selling premium game for the last 12 months period. Well done, you! 😀

Top 20 best selling games of April 2022

  1. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (NEW)
  2. Elden Ring
  3. MLB: The Show 22**
  4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  5. Nintendo Switch Sports* (NEW)
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Horizon II: Forbidden West
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Gran Turismo 7
  10. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
  11. Minecraft
  12. FIFA 22
  13. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  15. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  16. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  17. WWE 2K22*
  18. Mario Party Superstars*
  19. Madden NFL 22
  20. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands*

* No digital sales included.
** No Xbox digital sales included.

Here’s the LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga TV commercial…

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – TV Spot

Top 10 best selling games of 2022 so far

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
  5. Battlefield 2042
  6. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  7. Far Cry 6
  8. FIFA 22
  9. Resident Evil: Village
  10. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*

Video Game System Sales in April 2022:

Lifetime unit sales of Nintendo Switch have now surpassed those of PlayStation 4, making it the 4th highest unit selling console in U.S. history, and the 6th highest unit selling video game hardware platform overall. In console it trails only PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii.

Nintendo Switch featured the highest unit sales of any hardware platform for both April and 2022 year-to-date. Xbox Series ranked 2nd in units sold during both time periods.

PlayStation 5 led April in hardware dollar sales, trailed closely by Xbox Series and Nintendo Switch. Xbox Series has generated the highest hardware dollars of any platform year-to-date, followed by PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

“Video game hardware dollar sales increased 16% when compared to a year ago, to $343 million, due to improved supply of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Year-to-date spending on hardware fell 9%, to $1.5 billion.”

Analysis of the rest of the sales numbers:

NPD tracks retail sales to get a good impression of last month’s best selling video games. Although it doesn’t by far track all digital sales, since April 2018 NPD tracks Steam (PC), Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network for these major third-party publishers: Activision-Blizzard, Capcom, Deep Silver, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros.

To quote NPD analyst Mat Piscatella…

About the top video game sales he said:

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game of April 2022, while also debuting as the No. 2 best-selling game of 2022 year to date. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game of the month across Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam platforms. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga achieved the highest launch-month dollar sales for any LEGO title in history, and after one month ranks among the top 6 best-selling LEGO games life to date. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the first third-party game to rank as the best-selling title on Nintendo platforms since March 2021’s Monster Hunter: Rise.”

Elden Ring was the 2nd best-selling title of April 2022. Elden Ring remains the best-selling game of 2022 year to date and has surpassed Call of Duty: Vanguard to become the best-selling premium game of the trailing 12-month period ending April 2022.”

Top earning U.S. mobile games for April 2022: Candy Crush Saga, Roblox, Coin Master, Evony: The King’s Return, Royal Match, State of Survival: Zombie War, Bingo Blitz, Clash of Clans, Genshin Impact and Call of Duty: Mobile.

About video game accessories he said:

“April 2022 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories declined 8% when compared to a year ago, to $4.3 billion. Hardware gains were unable to offset declines in content and accessories spending. Year-to-date 2022 spending was also 8% lower than the same period a year ago, to $18.3 billion.”

“April 2022 spending on video game accessories declined 10% when compared to a year ago, to $151 million. Year-to-date video game accessory spending has fallen 15% to $743 million.”

“The PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Black was April’s best-selling accessory. The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller remains the best-selling accessory of 2022 year-to-date.”

Credits: Resetera

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