UK Charts: Physical game sales plunge 43%

first_imgUK Charts: Physical game sales plunge 43%Final Fantasy VII Remake tumbles to No.4Christopher DringHead of Games B2BWednesday 22nd April 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfKThe sales of boxed games in the UK dropped by 43% week-on-week as the lockdown situation continues.The boxed games market has seen a surge in sales over the previous four weeks, with 1.5 million games sold as a result of consumers buying up games to play during lockdown. Some of this has been driven by a sharp increase in console sales, with PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch all spiking in popularity, and many of these consoles were sold with software.However, that initial surge is showing signs of abating, with just over 200,000 games sold in the UK last week, compared with more than 350,000 the week before. Despite the drop, 200,000 is still ahead of how the market was performing before coronavirus restrictions were put in place (around 150,000 games were selling every week during February and early March). It’s also worth noting that there were no new releases last week, plus there have been stock shortages of Nintendo Switch consoles.Indeed, the stock shortages of Nintendo Switch can be seen in the performance of its games this week. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (No.2) is down 42% week-on-week, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (No.7) is down 62%, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 (No.9) is down 9%.The one exception is Ring Fit Adventure. Nintendo’s sold out fitness game was available briefly via GAME, Amazon and ShopTo, and as a result it increased 12% in sales week-on-week and rises to No.10 (a small quantity of stock also arrived the week before). The best-selling game of the week was FIFA 20, which jumped from No.4 to No.1 despite a 25% drop in sales week-on-week.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Last week’s big new release was Final Fantasy VII Remake, which suffered coronavirus-related distribution challenges and didn’t sell as many boxed copies as you might expect from a major Final Fantasy launch. Unfortunately, the situation hasn’t improved in its second week, with sales down 87% and the Square Enix title now sits at No.4. The only new game in the charts is Cooking Mama: Cookstar, which actually launched the week before but didn’t make the Top 40. The Switch game enters the charts at No.35.Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending April 18thLast WeekThis WeekTitle41FIFA 2032Animal Crossing: New Horizons23Call of Duty: Modern Warfare34Final Fantasy 7: Remake85Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order96Grand Theft Auto 557Mario Kart 8: Deluxe78Resident Evil 3169Luigi’s Mansion 31025Ring Fit AdventureCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring YesterdayNier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is No.1 in the UK | UK Boxed ChartsIt’s very quiet out thereBy Christopher Dring 15 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img

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