Hardware spending in April 2020 grew 163% when compared to a year ago, to $420m. This is the highest total for an April month since the $427m total achieved in April 2008. Year-to-date spending reached $1.2B, a 30% increase when compared to a year ago.
Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of Apil in both unit and dollar sales. Dollar sales of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch each increased by more than 160 percent when compared to April 2019.
Year-to-date dollar sales of Nintendo Switch are the highest of any hardware platform in US history. The previous high was set by the Nintendo Wii in the year-to-date period ending April 2009.
Dollar sales of tracked Video Game Software increased 55 percent in April compared to a year ago, to $662 million. This is a new record high for an April month. The previous record of $642 million was set in April 2008.
Final Fantasy VII: Remake was the best-selling game of April and instantly becomes the #3 best-selling game year-to-date. Final Fantasy VII: Remake is currently the best-selling game of 2020 on PlayStation 4.
Final Fantasy VII: Remake sets a new launch month Final Fantasy franchise sales record in both unit and dollar sales. Both records were previously held by Final Fantasy XV which launched in the December 2016 tracking period.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare repeats as the #2 best-selling game of the month. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is currently the 4th fastest selling release in US tracked history (dollar sales through the first 7 months in market).
Animal Crossing: New Horizons ranked as the 3rd best-selling game of April and repeats as the 2nd best-selling game of 2020 year-to-date. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling title on Switch for the 12 month period ending April 2020.
Just Dance 2020 finishes as the #11 best-selling game of April, after finishing at #17 in March. Just Dance 2020 is the fastest selling Just Dance franchise release since Just Dance 2014, which first released in the October 2014 tracking period.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered finished April as the #7 best-selling game of the month following its release on the Xbox One platform. Three Call of Duty franchise titles finished among the top 10 best-selling games of April on Xbox One.
Total April 2020 spending on Accessories and Game Cards reached $384 million, increasing 49 percent when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date spending has increased 8 percent, to $1.3 billion.
Gamepad spending set a new April month record, nearly doubling the previous high set a year ago. The PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Black was the best-selling Gamepad of April, with the Switch Pro Controller ranking as the best-selling Gamepad year-to-date.
Headset/Headphone spending reached a new record April month high, with dollar sales doubling those of the previous high set in April 2018. The Xbox One Ear Force Recon 70 Gaming Headset Black from Turtle Beach was April's best-selling Headset/Headphone.