NPD: Mortal Kombat X was April's top game, 3DS sales spiked

The NPD Group has released its numbers for April, and overall things looked good for the gaming industry. As you might have expected, Mortal Kombat X (check out our review) took the #1 slot in terms of bestselling games (GTA V came in second), and things were looking particularly good for portable console sales — Nintendo's 3DS saw a large jump in sales over the first four months of this year in comparison to last year, with a 65% or so increase.

According to NPD, last month the total new hardware and physical game sales in the United States reached $595.7 million, a 3-percent increase year-on-year over 2014's $579.5 million. Game sales eclipsed hardware sales, reaching $256.7 million in April (a 13-percent year on year increase).

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Portable hardware sales is said to have increased 36-percent, which is more than the "stable" sales seen it the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. Of those, the Xbox One stood chief among them, taking the long-victorious PS4 down a notch.

As far as games go, Battlefield: Hardline took the #3 slot, while the rest — in order — were MLB 15, Minecraft, NBA 2K15, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dark Souls II, Scholar of the First Sin, Super Smash Bros., and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.

SOURCE: Venture Beat