Portal of the game industry shared information on the sale of retail editions of games in the United Kingdom for the period 13-19 November of the current year. The week was marked by another major fall release.
The main bestseller of the week was the role-playing game Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. His launch was the biggest this year, beating the previous record holder by 4% given football simulator FIFA 23.
Also, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet started almost better than any other game in the series. Only Pokemon Sun and Moon for 3DS remained ahead in the number of copies sold in its debut week (in monetary terms, the novelty is already ahead).
As for other comparisons, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet sales turned out to be:
- 25% higher than Pokemon Sword and Shield, which debuted in 2019;
- 70% higher than last year’s Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl;
- 56% higher than January’s Pokemon Legends: Arceus;
- split roughly equally between the two versions – 52% of the copies were for the Violet edition, another 42% went to Scarlet, and the remaining 6% was occupied by the double set.
The success of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet doomed last week’s winner: action film God of War Ragnarok fell from first place to fourth (sales fell 73%). Platformer Sonic Frontiers moved in the same direction – from the fourth line to the tenth.
The most important new release of the period, minus Pokemon, was The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me. It failed to make the top 10, remaining at number 16 (Last year’s House of Ashes started even slightly better).
The top 10 UK retail charts from 13th to 19th November are as follows (last week’s result in brackets):
- Pokémon Violet (new);
- Pokémon Scarlet (new);
- FIFA 23 (3);
- war god Ragnarok (1);
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2);
- Collection Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet: Dual Pack (new);
- Horizon Forbidden West (7);
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (5);
- Nintendo Switch Sport (6);
- Sound limits (4).