Splinter Cell: Conviction Was April's Big Winner [Update]

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Sam Fisher used little stealth in his slaying of the competition in April, with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction clearly visible at the top of April's bestselling games list, according to the NPD Group.

Ubisoft's Xbox 360 exclusive Splinter Cell beat out the latest Pokemon games for the Nintendo DS and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The first PlayStation 3 game on the list is God of War III, which sold another 180,300 copies in the United States last month. Kratos was joined by another PS3 game, Super Street Fighter IV, which managed to move more than 143,000 copies on the platform, compared to just under 108,000 copies on the Xbox 360.

Perennial Wii favorites like Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus and Just Dance also repped Nintendo in the top ten, with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 still going strong. The full list of April bestsellers, according to NPD are after this.


01. Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360) - 486,100
02. Pokemon SoulSilver (DS) - 242,900
03. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 200,300
04. Pokemon HeartGold (DS) - 192,600
05. God of War III (PS3) - 180,300
06. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 179,000
07. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360) - 166,000
08. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - ???
09. Just Dance (Wii) - 144,000
10. Super Street Fighter IV (PS3) - 143,000

U.S. consumers dropped a cool $398.5 million USD on video game software last month, down a whopping 22% from the April of 2009. As of May 1, a total of $2.52 billion USD has been spent on games, down from last year as well.

(Note: NPD is no longer providing public sales figures for the entire top ten, unfortunately. That's why you get question marks instead. Update: Additional figures added from Nintendo.)

"A big contributor to the decline in software sales comes from the March '10 new releases, which fell off more dramatically than did last year's March releases," explains NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier. "In aggregate, March '09 new releases dropped off by 54% in April '09 sales, while this year, new releases in March '10 dropped off by 75% in April."


Cheer up, U.S. video game industry. There's always May!

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If I we're Ubisoft, this wouldn't make me happy. They we're likely expecting to sell in the millions, such as Chaos Theory, Pandora Tomorrow, and SAR had done.

Sadly Ubisoft, you fucked it up. You removed the stealth and SvM, added 24/Bourne, action with bullshit 1v1 and didn't cater to your fanbase. I hope you learn that when do, this, this is what happens. Sales fall. People get mad.

We didn't, not buy Double Agent because of the stealth. We didn't buy Double Agent because it was bad. With the horrible port of DA, I doubt the PC Conviction will be any better.

I now wait to see what Shanghai comes up with for Splinter Cell 6 - or with these sales if there ever will be another Splinter Cell.