Sam Fisher used little stealth in his slaying of the competition in April, with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction clearly visible at the top of April's bestselling games list, according to the NPD Group.
Ubisoft's Xbox 360 exclusive Splinter Cell beat out the latest Pokemon games for the Nintendo DS and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The first PlayStation 3 game on the list is God of War III, which sold another 180,300 copies in the United States last month. Kratos was joined by another PS3 game, Super Street Fighter IV, which managed to move more than 143,000 copies on the platform, compared to just under 108,000 copies on the Xbox 360.
Perennial Wii favourites like Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus and Just Dance also repped Nintendo in the top ten, with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 still going strong. The full list of April bestsellers, according to NPD are after this.
01. Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360) - 486,100 02. Pokemon SoulSilver (DS) - 242,900 03. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 200,300 04. Pokemon HeartGold (DS) - 192,600 05. God of War III (PS3) - 180,300 06. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - ??? 07. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360) - 166,000 08. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - ??? 09. Just Dance (Wii) - ??? 10. Super Street Fighter IV (PS3) - 143,000
US consumers dropped a cool $US398.5 million on video game software last month, down a whopping 22 per cent from the April of 2009. As of May 1, a total of $US2.52 billion has been spent on games, down from last year as well.
"A big contributor to the decline in software sales comes from the March '10 new releases, which fell off more dramatically than did last year's March releases," explains NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier. "In aggregate, March '09 new releases dropped off by 54% in April '09 sales, while this year, new releases in March '10 dropped off by 75% in April."
Cheer up, US video game industry. There's always May!