Despite coming out at the tail end of the month, Rockstar's hugely successful Grand Theft Auto IV was the top-selling title in April, moving 1.85 million units of the Xbox 360 version of the game. The PlayStation 3 edition came in third for the month, selling one million units despite the system's smaller installed base. Mario Kart for the Nintendo Wii managed to pull into second place, with 1.12 million units sold. The latest entry in the GTA franchise drove software sales to $654.7 million units, according to a Next-Gen report, a 68 percent increase over April 2007.
Despite many predictions, however, GTA IV did not significantly impact hardware sales for the month, as both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system sales actually dropped from the previous month. Microsoft sold 188,000 Xbox 360 systems, down from 262,000 in March, while Sony matched its rivals with 187,100 units sold, compared to 257,000 the previous month. NPD analyst Anita Frazier said a greater impact on system sales may be seen in May, due to GTA IV only being available for the final five days of the retail reporting period.
Nintendo, meanwhile, continued its unrelenting domination of the sales charts, moving a punishing 714,200 Wii consoles in April, along with 414,800 DS handhelds. The PSP managed 192,700 unit sales for Sony, while the venerable PlayStation 2 continued to hang tough with 124,400 systems sold.
"This is the first month in many that we've seen a decrease in portable hardware and software sales, but it's important to remember that this year, the Easter holiday fell in March as compared to April in 2007," Frazier said. "April 2007 and March 2008 saw sizable gains in portable in part due to the holiday timing."