Superheroes in WB’s ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ Lead Game Sales in April

Videogame industry down 25% overall during the month.

It’s been two years since a fighting game topped the videogame sales charts, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment landed a one-two punch with “Injustice: Gods Among Us” last month and a reboot of “Mortal Kombat” in 2011.

Injustice,” from NetherRealm Studios (also behind “Mortal Kombat”) pits DC Comics superheroes against its more notorious supervillains.

Deep Silver’s “Dead Island: Riptide,” Take 2’s “Bioshock Infinite,” Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” and Trion World’s “Defiance,” the interactive counterpart to Syfy’s TV series of the same name, rounded out the top five bestselling games during the month.

Total software sales were off 17% during the month to earn $254 million, compared to the same frame a year ago, according to NPD Group.

But despite declines, April title outperformed those in 2012, up 118% in unit sales and 130% in dollar sales, NPD said. Sales of used games and rentals are estimated to have generated $76 million, while digital downloads, microtransactions, subscriptions, mobile apps and social network games are estimated to have collected $267 million.

Hardware also was down 42% to earn $109.5 million, as Sony and Microsoft prepare to launch the next versions of their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

The Xbox 360 was the top selling game console for the 21st straight month in a row, moving 130,000 units.

Sales of accessories fell 19% to $131 million. Category includes Activision’s “Skylanders” toys, along with point cards, headphones.

Overall, the industry saw sales declines of 25% to $495 million.

“Overall declines are stemming from the performance of games launched prior to April,” said NPD Group’s Liam Callahan.

More Biz

  • Brian Roberts Sun Valley Conference

    Merger Mania Dominates Talk at Sun Valley Moguls' Confab

    It’s been two years since a fighting game topped the videogame sales charts, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment landed a one-two punch with “Injustice: Gods Among Us” last month and a reboot of “Mortal Kombat” in 2011. “Injustice,” from NetherRealm Studios (also behind “Mortal Kombat”) pits DC Comics superheroes against its more notorious supervillains. Deep […]

  • Discovery Extends CEO David Zaslav's Contract

    Discovery Extends CEO David Zaslav's Contract Through 2023

    It’s been two years since a fighting game topped the videogame sales charts, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment landed a one-two punch with “Injustice: Gods Among Us” last month and a reboot of “Mortal Kombat” in 2011. “Injustice,” from NetherRealm Studios (also behind “Mortal Kombat”) pits DC Comics superheroes against its more notorious supervillains. Deep […]

  • Sire Records Cofounder Seymour Stein Leaving

    Sire Records Co-Founder Seymour Stein Leaving Warner Music Group After Four Decades

    It’s been two years since a fighting game topped the videogame sales charts, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment landed a one-two punch with “Injustice: Gods Among Us” last month and a reboot of “Mortal Kombat” in 2011. “Injustice,” from NetherRealm Studios (also behind “Mortal Kombat”) pits DC Comics superheroes against its more notorious supervillains. Deep […]

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Five Things We Learned From Mark Zuckerberg's Interview With Recode

    It’s been two years since a fighting game topped the videogame sales charts, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment landed a one-two punch with “Injustice: Gods Among Us” last month and a reboot of “Mortal Kombat” in 2011. “Injustice,” from NetherRealm Studios (also behind “Mortal Kombat”) pits DC Comics superheroes against its more notorious supervillains. Deep […]

  • Jay-Z Slams Philadelphia Mayor for Made

    Jay-Z Slams Philadelphia Mayor for Made in America Festival Move

    It’s been two years since a fighting game topped the videogame sales charts, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment landed a one-two punch with “Injustice: Gods Among Us” last month and a reboot of “Mortal Kombat” in 2011. “Injustice,” from NetherRealm Studios (also behind “Mortal Kombat”) pits DC Comics superheroes against its more notorious supervillains. Deep […]

  • Ryan Chisholm Clio Massey Work of

    David Massey Announces Leadership, Artists for Work of Art Publishing-Management Venture (EXCLUSIVE)

    It’s been two years since a fighting game topped the videogame sales charts, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment landed a one-two punch with “Injustice: Gods Among Us” last month and a reboot of “Mortal Kombat” in 2011. “Injustice,” from NetherRealm Studios (also behind “Mortal Kombat”) pits DC Comics superheroes against its more notorious supervillains. Deep […]

  • Steph Curry Uncovered

    Steph Curry Says He Would 'Jump' at the Chance to Act

    It’s been two years since a fighting game topped the videogame sales charts, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment landed a one-two punch with “Injustice: Gods Among Us” last month and a reboot of “Mortal Kombat” in 2011. “Injustice,” from NetherRealm Studios (also behind “Mortal Kombat”) pits DC Comics superheroes against its more notorious supervillains. Deep […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content