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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and Dead Island 2 sail to the top of the best-seller list in a month replete with popular new releases, according to industry-tracking firm Circana (formerly known as The NPD Group and IRI). According to its latest report, seven newly released games (or bundles, in the case of two of the titles) have made it into the top 20 list. That said, the number of actual sales is down slightly. The PlayStation 5 continues to sell well, though the Switch led the market in number of units sold.

April 2023 Dollar Sales, MillionsApr
Total Video Game Sales$4,320$4,123-5%
Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR platforms)$3,819$3,598-6%
Video Game Hardware$343$3677%
Video Game Accessories$158$1580%
*Mobile spending provided by Sensor Tower

“Spending on video game content declined 6% in April when compared to a year ago, to $3.6 billion. All segments of content spending fell year-on-year in April except for non-mobile subscription content spending, which increased 2% versus April 2022,” said Circana analyst Mat Piscatella. “This is the highest video game hardware spend for an April month since the $420M reached in April 2020. Double-digit percentage growth in both PS5 and Switch dollar sales offset declines on other platforms.”

The slight decline in dollar sales despite the number of new releases could be down to last year’s Elden Ring and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being sales juggernauts. It took some time for the former to be dethroned from the top spot on the list. Another factor is that some buyers may have waited for May’s major release — The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. It will be interesting to see how next month’s chart shakes out.

April 2023 Circana: Top 20 best-selling games of the month in the U.S.

1NEWStar Wars Jedi: SurvivorElectronic Arts
2NEWDead Island 2Plaion
33MLB: The Show 23^Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
41Resident Evil 4 (2023)Capcom USA
54Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)Activision Blizzard (Corp)
62Hogwarts LegacyWarner Bros. Interactive
7NEWPGA TourElectronic Arts
8NEWMega Man Battle Network Legacy CollectionCapcom USA
96FIFA 23Electronic Arts
1010Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
11NEWMinecraft LegendsMicrosoft (Corp)
128Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
1311MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers
14NEWFinal Fantasy I-VI BundleSquare Enix Inc (Corp)
15NEWAdvance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp*Nintendo
1623New Super Mario Bros.*Nintendo
175The Last of Us: Part 1Sony (Corp)
1814Pokemon: Scarlet/Violet*Nintendo
199Madden NFL 23Electronic Arts
2026Super Mario 3D World*Nintendo
*Digital sales not included. ^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included.

April saw the release of several titles that made it onto the charts, including PGA Tour, Minecraft Legends and the justly delayed-but-finally released Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp. Two of the new games that made the best-seller list were bundled rereleases, Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection and Final Fantasy I-VI Bundle.


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Two other games that have come back onto the list from slightly lower numbers are New Super Mario Bros and Super Mario 3D World. One can probably presume that the reason they’re seeing slightly higher numbers is the April release of the Super Mario Bros movie.

Jedi and zombies are the big tickets

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the top game on the list, likely thanks to its well-known IP and good word-of-mouth from the previous game, Fallen Order. It managed to reach the top despite some negative chatter about the game’s poor PO performance. Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said in a recent earnings call that Survivor is “pacing very strongly against our expectations” especially compared with Fallen Order.

Perhaps a bit more surprising is that Dead Island 2 managed to reach so high on the list. Its lengthy development time had become memetic long before it was released, and it turned out relatively well. However, the fact it managed to join Jedi: Survivor in displacing Hogwarts Legacy and Resident Evil 4 on the list is perhaps more of an achievement than one was expecting.

April 2023 Circana: 20 best-selling games of 2022 so far

11Hogwarts LegacyWarner Bros. Interactive
22Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)Activision Blizzard (Corp)
33Resident Evil 4 (2023)Capcom USA
4NEWStar Wars Jedi: SurvivorElectronic Arts
54MLB: The Show 23^Multiple Video Game Manufacturers
6NEWDead Island 2Plaion
75Dead Space (2023)Electronic Arts
87FIFA 23Electronic Arts
96Madden NFL 23Electronic Arts
108Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment
119The Last of Us: Part 1Sony (Corp)
1210God of War: RagnarokSony (Corp)
1311Mario Kart 8*Nintendo
1414MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers
1512Pokémon: Scarlet/Violet*Nintendo
1613Fire Emblem Engage*Nintendo
1715ForspokenSquare Enix Inc (Corp)
1816Sonic FrontiersSega
1917Octopath Traveler IISquare Enix Inc (Corp)
2018NBA 2K23*Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
*Digital sales not included. ^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included.

Hogwarts Legacy and Resident Evil 4 remain the best-selling new games of the year, though Jedi: Survivor and Dead Island 2 debuting at positions 4 and 6 on the list, respectively is a good start. They are the only two of the new games to make it on the year-to-date best-seller list. Everything else on the list is more-or-less unchanged, having simply shifted down a few places to make room for the newcomers. It’s probably not a surprise that Jedi: Survivor has a bit further to go before it overtakes Modern Warfare 2.

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