Wii U Software Has a Boost in U.S. Sales as LEGO Takes Over

Decent portable LEGO sales for Nintendo

In what's one of the quietest NPD sales updates of recent times, some limited details have emerged of April physical retail sales in the U.S. There's a relatively minor piece of positive news for the Wii U, while the software top 10 has an air of familiarity and one brand showing continued strong form.

In terms of software, the results are below, with platforms listed in order of sales:

1. Titanfall (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
2. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
3. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
4. Minecraft (Xbox 360)
5. Lego: The Hobbit (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Vita)
6. The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox 360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, PS3, DS, 3DS, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, Vita, PC)
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
9. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
10. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)

The three latest LEGO titles are certainly having an impact, with the 3DS version faring well for The LEGO Movie Videogame, though the DS version has impressively stolen a march for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. The results are less pleasing for LEGO: The Hobbit, and Nintendo iterations are low in a few other top 10 titles. A positive note is that NPD analyst Liam Callahan has stated that Wii U software sales in April were more than 80% higher than in the equivalent month in 2013 — a solid result considering a quiet release slate, but to be taken in the context that the 2013 figures were likely rather low in the first place.

As for hardware, very little data has emerged. We know that the PS4 was the top-selling console and the Xbox One second with 115,000 sales. Coming in below that One figure represents a relatively quiet month for 3DS, though that's on the basis of excellent sales standards, and the absence of any official word from Nintendo suggests that there's little to write home about. For Wii U, the focus will be on the May and June results, in seeing whether Mario Kart 8 can drive a major increase in both hardware and software sales.

LEGO and the usual contenders maintain software dominance in what was a quiet month. Happy news in terms of Wii U software on an upward trend, though Nintendo's silence suggests that it's waiting for all-important future results.

[via gamesindustry.biz, venturebeat.com]

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