Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga did one thing only a few video games have finished over the previous few years: It topped April’s NPD Swap gross sales chart, turning into the primary non-Nintendo revealed recreation to take action in over a yr. And Skywalker Saga not solely topped the Swap gross sales charts final month, however the charts of all different consoles too, in response to the most recent NPD knowledge.
In accordance with the NPD knowledge shared as we speak (first noticed by GameSpot), the most recent family-friendly Lego journey from TT Video games was the best-selling recreation in April, even beating Elden Ring, which is correct behind it at quantity two. (It must be famous that Elden Ring can also be promoting very effectively, even outselling Name of Obligation.)
As talked about, Skywalker Saga was additionally the top-selling recreation on all the platforms the NPD screens, which embrace Xbox, PlayStation, and Swap. It snagging the highest of the Swap gross sales charts for April is an enormous deal, as Nintendo-published video games virtually at all times lead the NPD Swap charts. A non-Nintendo title grabbing the highest spot will not be a typical incidence.
The final third-party recreation to perform this feat was Monster Hunter Rise in March 2021. This occurs so not often that I needed to dig again rather a lot to seek out one other occasion of a non-Nintendo title topping the chart. Actually, the final time it occurred was all the best way again in April 2019 with the discharge of Mortal Kombat 11 on Swap.
If historical past is any indicator, it’s possible that Skywalker Saga’s time on the prime will likely be fleeting, as non-Nintendo titles not often repeat this feat two months in a row.
That is one more instance of how essential unique video games are to Nintendo and its consoles, which in all probability helps clarify why the corporate has so many bangers lined up for later this yr. That’s significantly so compared to the opposite consoles, which appear to maintain having large exclusives delayed lately.