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April 2022 NPD - LEGO Star Wars on top, Nintendo Switch outsells PS4 lifetime

Lego Star Wars Skywalker Saga Fett And Vader
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What you need to know

  • The April 2022 NPD report is here, sharing details on the games and consoles sold in the U.S during the month.
  • According to the NPD group, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game of April 2022, followed by Elden Ring.
  • The PS5 was the best-selling console in dollar sales, while the Nintendo Switch retained the lead in units sold.

The latest NPD report is here, with a few interesting milestones and shakeups across games and consoles sold in the U.S.

According to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, spending for the month across all of gaming reached $4.3 billion, falling 8% year-over-year. Console sales are interesting, as the PS5 was the best-selling console of the month in dollar sales, while the Nintendo Switch was the best-seller in units sold.

Xbox Series X|S consoles took second place in both categories, meaning the PS5 was last in units sold and the Nintendo Switch was last in dollar sales. Piscatella notes on Twitter that the Nintendo Switch has now outsold the PS4 in the U.S.

As for games, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game of the month. Elden Ring, which was the top title for both February and March 2022 NPD, fell to second place. Sony's Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 fell from the #5 and #2 spots to the #7 and #9 spots, respectively.

Here's a full look at the best-selling games of the month. As always, NPD tracks dollar sales, not units, while Nintendo and Take-Two Interactive do not provide digital sales data.

April 2022 NPD: Here are the top 20 games sold in the U.S.

  1. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  2. Elden Ring
  3. MLB The Show 22**
  4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  5. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Horizon Forbidden West
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Gran Turismo 7
  10. Pokémon 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

Now, we can take a look at the best-selling games of the year so far.

2022 NPD: Here are the top 20 games sold in the U.S. so far

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

That's all for this month's report!

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Nintendo on iMore. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.