The new Mortal Kombat sold more physical copies at U.S. retail, just under 900,000, than any other video game last month, according to NPD Group research.
Its sales success was largely fueled of course by marketing, including a live-action "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" series that debuted on Machinima's YouTube channel last month and quickly logged over 15 million views.
But "Call of Duty: Black Ops," the best-selling video game in U.S. history, actually moved back up a place in the chart, to fourth in April from fifth in March, even though the vast majority of its marketing support has long since passed.
March leaders such as "Pokemon White Version," "Pokemon Black Version," "Homefront" and "Dragon Age II" fell down the chart or off it entirely.
Video games in general did better last month than in April 2011, according to NPD analyst Anita Frazier. "The content slate was stronger this year versus last April," she said in a note. "Five games sold more than 250K units in April 2011 as opposed to just two last April."
|Top 10 Video-Game Titles by Total U.S. Units|
|1||Mortal Kombat 2011**
|Warner Bros. Interactive|
(360, PS3, PC)
|3||Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
(WII, NDS, 360, 3DS, PS3, PC)
|4||Call of Duty: Black Ops**
(360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)
|5||Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters**
(360, PS3, WII)
(360, PS3, PC)
|7||Just Dance 2
|8||Michael Jackson The Experience
(360, WII, PS3, NDS, PSP)
|9||Pokemon White Version
(360, PS3, WII, PSP, PS2, PC)
|Take 2 Interactive|
|** includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware
Source: The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service