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Prototype 2 pips Kinect Star Wars to top April US chart

Xbox 360 was best-selling console in slow month at retail.

UPDATE: A snippet of extra data for you - NPD told Eurogamer that Kid Icarus: Uprising sold 83,000 copies during April.

ORIGINAL STORY: Prototype 2 was the best selling game in the US during April, according to the latest round of NPD sales data.

Activision's open world action sequel just pipped Kinect Star Wars to the top spot, followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in third.

The Witcher 2 entered the chart at number six following its Xbox 360 launch while Mario Party 9 debuted at seven on Wii.

Notable recent releases that missed the top 10 included Ridge Racer Unbounded and 3DS franchise revival Kid Icarus: Uprising. However, NPD analyst Anita Frazier revealed that Icarus would have made the top 10 if the chart was divided by single SKUs.

Acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles was a retailer exclusive, so is excluded from NPD's monthly report.

Generally it was a slow month for software sales, with numbers well down on April 2011, though sales of points and subscription sales rose 75 per cent year-on-year.

"Last April, the top seven titles outsold the top-selling title this year, and, simply stated, there were notably fewer new market introductions," said Frazier.

"I think it's a simple as that because when we see compelling content come into the market, the games are still selling as well as ever - we just saw a lot less this April as compared to last."

Here's the full top 10:

  1. Prototype 2
  2. Kinect Star Wars
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
  5. NBA 2K12
  6. The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings
  7. Mario Party 9
  8. Mass Effect 3
  9. Just Dance 3
  10. MLB 12: The Show

Xbox 360 was the top-selling console yet again shifting 236,000 units, which represented a 47 per cent market share among current gen systems.

The other platform holders are yet to reveal how their machines fared.

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