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Black Friday hardware bundles drive this week’s sales charts

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Black Friday always has a big impact on the UK charts, not only with the hundreds of individual games that are discounted during the now week-long sale but because retailers and platform holders package up hardware with games to make them more tempting in the run up to the holidays. That’s the reason why Sea of Thieves, which we last saw in the charts early last year when the game first released, is once again in the UK top ten.

FIFA 20 was the biggest seller of the week, helped no doubt by the fact that it was bundled in with the PS4 at retailers up and down the country. In fact, last week’s best-seller Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was also included as part of a PS4 hardware bundle and that helped keep it in the mix, while Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the aforementioned Sea of Thieves were included as part of Xbox One hardware bundles.

Much of the top ten, however, is dominated by Nintendo, with Minecraft (which appears twice in this week’s chart) and Pokémon (which also appears twice) among the five Nintendo-published games included.

Elsewhere, recent releases such as Shenmue 3 and Football Manager 2020 were completely absent from this week’s top forty, with many gamers taking advantage of generous discounts and going back to snap up some of those titles that were missed before. Check out the top ten below:

1. FIFA 20 / EA
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order / EA
4. Sea of Thieves / Microsoft
5. Minecraft (Xbox) / Microsoft
6. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Sword) / Nintendo
7. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Shield) / Nintendo
9. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
10. Minecraft (Switch) / Nintendo

Perhaps just as interesting as the games and their respective successes is the news that overall Black Friday sales were down 22% year-on-year (although as Games Industry notes, there was no Red Dead Redemption 2 to buoy sales this year). PlayStation gamers snapped up 500,000 physical games during the week, but that’s 37% fewer than last year, and Xbox was similarly down, with 413,112 games sold representing a 26.7% decline. On the other hand, Nintendo’s growing market share with the Switch meant a 44% bump year-on-year, with 361,967 games sold last week.

What did you pick up in the Black Friday sales this year?

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Modern Warfare dethrones Pokémon from top spot

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Pokémon Sword topped the UK physical game charts on release, but after a strong debut Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has launched a counterattack to reclaim the top spot, despite a drop of 16% in sales from last week, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz.

Pokémon Sword had a 58% decline, moving to number three, while Shield dropped 65%, moving to five. Elsewhere in the charts Nintendo Switch titles are staying strong too, with Luigi’s Mansion 3 at six with an 11% rise in sales, Minecraft on Switch at eight with a 43% increase, and Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 at nine after a 4% sales jump.

In fact, the top 10 has six Switch exclusives, and there are another eight in the top 40, following discounts and Black Friday sales.

Boxed sales for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are also down 47%, but it holds onto the number two position.

Shenmue III, however, is at number 17, failing to crack the top 10 and selling a little over half of the Shenmue I and II package from last year (when comparing just PS4 sales).

For the full top 10, check down below. Are you surprised by Modern Warfare coming in first place again?

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order / EA
3. Pokémon Sword / Nintendo
4. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
5. Pokémon Shield / Nintendo
6. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Minecraft for Switch / Nintendo
9. Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 / Sega
10. Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle / Epic Games

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Pokémon Sword gets UK number one in physical charts

Monday, November 18th, 2019

With both Pokémon Sword/Shield and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order being big releases in massive franchises last week, people were wondering who’d take the top spot in the UK physical charts this week, and GamesIndustry.biz reports that it’s Pokémon Sword that’s topped the list, with Shield coming in at three and the double pack at seven.

In fact, it’s the biggest exclusive game of the entire year, being the third-biggest physical game launch, sitting just behind multi-platform games FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

These figures have been taken from combining the sales of all three listings, and taken together, these have made the second biggest launch for Pokémon games in UK history, selling 33% (or 43% if you count the dual pack as double games) more than Black and White, also shifting 53% (or 64.6%) more than Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee from last year.

That said, sales are actually down 39% (or 34.5%) from Pokémon Sun and Moon, released in 2016.

As for Star Wars, Respawn’s game was the fourth-biggest physical game launch of the year, with sales 33% lower that Star Wars Battlefront II. PS4 made up 66% of sales, with Xbox One making up the rest.

This week also sees Death Stranding drop 71% in sales, moving from two to eight, with Need for Speed Heat also dropping from five to 11.

For the full top 10 look down below. Can Pokémon stay at number one?

1. Pokémon Sword / Nintendo
2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order / EA
3. Pokémon Shield / Nintendo
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
5. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
6. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
7. Pokémon Sword and Shield: Dual Edition / Nintendo
8. Death Stranding / Sony
9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
10. Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 / Sega

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Modern Warfare manages to hold off Death Stranding

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Death Stranding has only just been released after years of speculation and anticipation, and now GamesIndustry.biz reports that it has debuted at number two on the UK physical charts, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare still holding onto the top spot.

It’s actually the second-biggest exclusive and second-biggest new IP released this year, behind Bend Studio’s Days Gone, with Death Stranding selling 36% fewer units at launch.

Elsewhere Luigi’s Mansion 3 drops 59% compared to last week, sitting at number four, and Need for Speed Heat is parked up at number five, selling 41% fewer copies than Need for Speed: Payback in 2017.

In a throwback, the Nintendo Wii version of Just Dance 2020 is actually the second most successful version, accounting for 21% of all sales. The game itself is at number 15 in the charts, with 55% of these sales being on the Nintendo Switch.

For the full top 10 check down below. Are you surprised that Death Stranding isn’t top?

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
2. Death Stranding / Sony
3. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
4. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
5. Need for Speed Heat / EA
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
7. Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle / Epic Games
8. Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 / Sega
9. Minecraft / Microsoft
10. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville / EA

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Gaming charts: Modern Warfare fights off Luigi’s Mansion 3

Monday, November 4th, 2019

In the UK physical game charts this week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is holding onto the top spot (thanks, GamesIndustry.biz), although Luigi’s Mansion 3 has become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch physical game of 2019, landing at number two.

This sold faster than The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Super Mario Maker 2, and physical sales are 140% more than the last game in 2013. As a reminder, this doesn’t include digital sales either.

Sales for Modern Warfare are down 49% from its launch week, and at number 12 we have the return of the classic Aladdin and Lion King platformers, selling best on Switch, which is where 48% of sales were.

WWE 2K20 falls from number three to 14 this week, dipping 81% in terms of sales, and EA’s Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville has actually sold more in its third week than it managed in its first.

For the full top 10 look down below. What can topple Modern Warfare?

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
2. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
3. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
5. The Outer Worlds / Private Division
6. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint / Ubisoft
7. Ring Fit Adventure / Nintendo
8. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville / EA
9. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
10. MediEvil / Sony

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare tops the British gaming charts

Monday, October 28th, 2019

It might not come as a surprise, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dominated the Brittish charts last week, and actually sold 39% more than Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 did last year (this is only physical copies), according to Games Industry. The sales did, however, not meet those of Call of Duty: WWII from 2017, even if it should be noted that digital sales are way higher today.

Despite fairly low grades (our review is brewing right now) and criticism on social media for a plethora of bugs, WWE 2K20 debuted right behind FIFA 20. It was followed by The Outer Worlds, and Games Industry notes that many probably expected a better position from this game, but reminds that it has very high digital downloads as it is a part of Xbox Game Pass. A prime example of this is the fact that the game has 78% of the physical sales on PS4 and only 22% on Xbox One.

Finally, Games Industry notes that MediEval also did fairly well considering that it generally got average scores and that both Ring Fit Adventure and Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville are continuing to sell well during their second week on the market.

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
2. FIFA 20
3. WWE 2K20
4. The Outer Worlds
5. MediEvil
6. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
7. Ring Fit Adventure
8. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
9. Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
10. Minecraft (Switch Edition)

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FIFA 20 holds off The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch

Monday, October 21st, 2019

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, FIFA 20 is still at the top of the UK physical game charts for another week, despite big releases like the arrival of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Nintendo Switch.

The Switcher actually made it to number four, with 96% of the copies being on Nintendo’s console, pushing the 999% increase of sales week-on-week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also sits at number two, with Ring Fit Adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and the Switch version of Minecraft also showing their face in the top 10.

Blizzard’s Overwatch sat at number 11, however, having just released its Switch version. Speaking of which, FIFA’s Switch version made up 5% of its sales.

For the full top 10 check down below. What can topple FIFA?

1. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
3. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint / Ubisoft
4. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition / CD Projekt Red
5. Ring Fit Adventure / Nintendo
6. Minecraft: Switch Edition / Mojang
7. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville / EA
8. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening / Nintendo
9. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
10. Borderlands 3 / 2K Games

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FIFA 20 still tops the videogaming charts

Monday, October 7th, 2019

EA Sports’ FIFA 20 has taken the top spot on the UK physical charts once again, meaning that – even with a sales decline of 66% – it’s held off competition from Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, storming into second place, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz.

Borderlands 3 is at three, having its own 43% decrease in sales compared to last week, and Gears 5’s sales are down 1%, putting it at number four. Another game with a big decline is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, sitting at five.

Ghostbusters: Remastered is here at six, coming back a decade after the original game, and for the full top 10 you can check below.

What game can shift FIFA 20?

1. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
2. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint / Ubisoft
3. Borderlands 3 / 2K
4. Gears 5 / Microsoft
5. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening / Nintendo
6. Ghostbusters / Koch Media
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Sea of Thieves / Microsoft
9. Minecraft: Xbox Edition / Microsoft
10. Forza Horizon 3 / Microsoft.

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FIFA 20 kicks off on the top spot

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Each year’s FIFA release is a big deal, and that’s why it’s no surprise to see FIFA 20 at the top of the UK physical charts, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz, who also told us that physical launch sales are down 7% when compared to last year

PS4 made up 61% of the sales, with Xbox One coming in at 38% and Nintendo Switch owners making up 1%. PS4 sales were down, while the other two were up compared to last year, and many retailers have been hosting console bundles featuring the game.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age on Switch is another new entry, coming in at number 11 and selling around half of what the original release sold last year. Code Vein also debuted at 13, with The Surge 2 at 35 as well.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening falls off the top spot with a 62% decline in sales, with Borderlands 3 also sitting behind it after a 45% decrease. For the full top 10, though, check down below.

What can knock FIFA off?

1. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
2. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening / Nintendo
3. Borderlands 3 / 2K Games
4. Gears 5 / Microsoft
5. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled / Activision
6. The Division 2 / Ubisoft
7. Sea of Thieves / Microsoft
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
9. Minecraft: Xbox Edition / Microsoft
10. Forza Horizon 3 / Microsoft

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The Legend of Zelda topples Borderlands 3 on the gaming charts

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Sony and Microsoft have sold more than 135 million PlayStation 4 and Xbox One units if we combine the two, so you’d think Nintendo Switch exclusives would have a hard time reaching the top spot of the boxed sales charts in the United Kingdom. Now we have another example of that not being the case.

It turns out that the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening pushed Borderlands 3 down to second place on the sales charts. Grezzo’s latest title isn’t even the only Switch exclusive on the podium, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe raced its way to third last week. We’re guessing the launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite helped with the latter.

Congratulations on your great week, Nintendo. Just don’t expect to stay on top in next week’s charts, as FIFA 20 launches this Friday. Still, you are free to enjoy the sight of this top ten from last week’s sales:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  2. Borderlands 3
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  4. Gears 5
  5. eFootball PES 2020
  6. The Division 2
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  9. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  10. NBA 2K20

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