Sales of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are continuing to flourish, even after it became the fastest-selling Super Smash Bros. game and the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game to date. Meanwhile, Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee have failed to appear in the top 10 in the latest UK charts. Read on below to learn more about recent game sales in the UK from the folks at GamesIndustry.biz:
£770 million was generated by UK boxed video game sales in 2018. The latest data from GfK/UKIE shows that the revenue generated from physical video games declined 2.8 per cent. The actual number of boxed games sold last year was 22 million, a bigger drop of 7.1 per cent.
The reason the revenue drop was smaller than the physical drop was due to the sale of more higher priced products, particularly Nintendo Switch games. Indeed, Nintendo Switch is the only platform which increased its software sales year-on-year (unsurprising for a console in its second year, and considering the machine was only on sale for ten months of 2017). Switch game sales increased 90.1 per cent over 2017 (and revenue increased 73.4 per cent).
In the post-Christmas week, game sales unsurprisingly dropped by a third. The chart remains largely unchanged, with Red Dead Redemption 2 still at No.1, FIFA 19 at No.2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at No.3. Despite a drop in sales of 29 per cent, Super Smash Bros Ultimate rises a place to No.4.
Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending December 29th:
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|1||1||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|3||3||Call of Duty: Black Ops 4|
|5||4||Super Smash Bros Ultimate|
|10||6||Forza Horizon 4|
|6||7||Spyro Reignited Trilogy|
|7||8||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|10||9||Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy|