PlayStation 5 Boosts Sales of Games and Console
This week’s UK boxed sales chart has seen some significant changes, thanks to the release of Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation 5. The console’s debut has resulted in a massive 75% increase in sales, not only for the console itself but also for the games offered in hardware bundles. Let’s take a closer look at the impact.
Miles Morales and Gran Turismo 7 See Impressive Gains
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a popular game available for the PlayStation 5, experienced a staggering 345% surge in sales, propelling it to the 25th position on the chart. Another highly anticipated title, Gran Turismo 7, made its mark at number 21 with a notable 237% increase in sales. It’s clear that gamers are eager to get their hands on these exciting new releases.
Forspoken Climbs the Ranks
Square Enix’s Forspoken, an intriguing action role-playing game, secured the 34th spot on the chart with an impressive 84% boost in sales. This indicates that the game is gaining traction and capturing the attention of players in the UK.
FIFA 23 Regains the Top Spot
Last week’s runner-up, FIFA 23, has made a strong comeback and re-claimed its position as the best-selling game in the UK. With a 23% increase in sales, this popular football game has once again topped the charts, proving its enduring popularity among gamers.
Pikmin 4 Drops to Third Place
Meanwhile, the previously reigning chart-topper, Pikmin 4, experienced a 55% decline in sales, dropping down to the third position. While it may have slipped in popularity this week, Pikmin 4 is still a highly sought-after game by many players.
Hogwarts Legacy Soars to Number 2
Hogwarts Legacy, the much-anticipated wizarding world game, has climbed back up to the second position on the chart. With a remarkable 72% increase in sales, this immersive game set in the magical universe of Harry Potter continues to captivate gamers in the UK.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Makes a Comeback
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, a beloved title among LEGO and Star Wars fans alike, has re-entered the top ten after experiencing a significant 248% surge in sales. This impressive gain has secured its place at the 6th position and demonstrates the enduring popularity of the LEGO video game series.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Returns to the Charts
The upcoming release of a sequel has led to the reappearance of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate on the sales chart, snagging the 7th spot. This fighting game franchise continues to maintain a strong fan base, and its inclusion in the chart is a testament to its enduring appeal.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Makes a Leap
Red Dead Redemption 2 surprised many by making a significant leap from the 39th position to the 17th spot on the chart. This sudden boost in sales can be attributed to a discount offered for the game, as well as rumors surrounding a remastered version of the original game in development by Rockstar.
New Additions to the Chart
This week, the chart saw the addition of two new games. Remnant 2 secured the 16th position, leveraging positive word-of-mouth and potentially earning even more sales in its second week. Joining it is Disney Illusion Island, an exclusive Nintendo Switch title that debuted in the 18th spot. Despite its lack of combat or violence, this family-friendly game set in a 2D world styled after classic Disney cartoons has captured the attention of players.
Nintendo Switch Continues to Perform
Despite rumors of an upcoming new Nintendo Switch model, the current portable console remains strong in the UK market. This week, four Nintendo Switch titles made it into the top ten, highlighting the enduring appeal of this platform.
Best-Selling Boxed Video Games in the UK – July 29, 2023
Here are the top-selling boxed video games in the UK for the week ending July 29, 2023:
- FIFA 23
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Pikmin 4
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Gran Turismo 7
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
- Remnant 2
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Disney Illusion Island
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