The Nintendo Switch sales dominated the US charts in April with the console once again being the top seller and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe speeding into pole position as the top selling game.
April was a good month for Nintendo: the Switch continued to be the top selling console, shifting another 280,000 units and combined with 68,000 units of the 3DS, the company accounted for roughly half of hardware sales in America.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the biggest selling game, with physical sales of 460,000 – plus a further 90,000 digital downloads. That’s mighty impressive for a game that was only released on April 28th – and that’s before you take into account that Mario Kart 8 was already the biggest selling title for the Wii U since its release in 2014.
Trailing just behind was Persona 5 – which opened with sales five times higher than Persona 4. Considering hardcore JRPGs aren’t exactly a staple of the software chart, that’s a massive achievement for Atlus and bodes well for the future of the series after many years of critical acclaim that didn’t quite translate into sales success.
No doubt hopes will be high that the strong Nintendo Switch sales continues into the summer with a steady release of titles. The company is holding an open beta for ARMS from May 27th ahead of the game’s release next month whilst Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers arrives next week.
Elsewhere in the sales charts, in what is likely to be the final hurrah for the NES Classic Edition, the console was actually the second biggest selling hardware last month. Likely propelled by the news that Nintendo was discontinuing it, people flocked to buy the final shipment of the NES Classic Mini, meaning it ended up outselling both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Given how well Nintendo have marketed the Switch, their handling of the NES Classic Mini is all the more baffling.