GTA 4 360 Tops U.S. Console Sales in April

Sales-tracking firm NPD Group has released its U.S. sales figures for April, showing Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV as the month's top-selling console title and the Wii as the month's best-selling hardware.

While the Xbox 360 version of GTA 4 sold 850,000 more copies than the PlayStation 3 edition, the hardware race between the two consoles was far closer--the 360 outsold its shiny black competitor by a mere 900 units.

April hardware sales in the United States were as follows:

  1. Wii - 714,200
  2. Nintendo DS - 414,800
  3. PSP - 192,700
  4. Xbox 360 - 188,000
  5. PlayStation 3 - 187,100
  6. PlayStation 2 - 124,400

Meanwhile, April's best-selling console games in the U.S. were:

  1. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar, X360) - 1,850,000
  2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) - 1,120,000
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar, PS3) - 1,000,000
  4. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) - 360,000
  5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo, Wii) - 326,000
  6. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (Polyphony Digital, PS3) - 224,000
  7. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Chunsoft, NDS) - 202,000
  8. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (Chunsoft, NDS) - 202,000
  9. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Vicarious Visions, Wii) - 152,000
  10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward, X360) - 141,000
"It's unusual for three games to exceed the 1-million mark in a non-holiday month which just goes to prove that great content can succeed regardless of when it is launched," noted NPD analyst Anita Frazier.