The Mortal Kombat reboot rose up against franchise fatigue, an incapacitated PSN, and space-time-tunneling competition to claim the top spot on the NPD's April sales charts. Turns out there's a big audience out there for seeing inside some dude's body as his bones are breaking. Oh, and for accessible, fast-paced fighting games. (But mostly the X-ray bone breaks.)

According to the NPD, Mortal Kombat sold just under 900K copies. Portal 2, of course, came in at No. 2.

Likely as a result of these two games, total US spending was up 20 percent year-over year, from $802.4 million in 2010 to $961.2 million in 2011. Microsoft can also claim some responsibility for the high numbers -- it informed us that the Xbox 360 was the top-selling console last month, moving 297,000 units (a year-over-year increase of 60 percent).

Top 10 best-selling games (US) for April 2011:
  • Mortal Kombat -- PS3, 360 -- 1 -- Warner Bros.
  • Portal 2 -- 360, PS3, PC -- 2 -- Electronic Arts (Valve)
  • Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars -- WII, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC -- 3 -- LucasArts
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops -- 360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC -- 4 -- Activision
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters -- 360, PS3, Wii -- 5 -- Electronic Arts
  • Crysis 2 -- 360, PS3, PC -- 6 -- Electronic Arts
  • Just Dance 2 -- Wii -- 7 -- Ubisoft
  • Michael Jackson The Experience -- 360, Wii, PS3, NDS, PSP -- 8 -- Ubisoft
  • Pokemon White Version -- NDS -- 9 -- Nintendo
  • NBA 2K11 -- 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC -- 10 -- Take 2 Interactive

This article was originally published on Joystiq.