March 30th, 2020, 22:04 Posted By: wraggster
Over 340,000 boxed video games were sold in the UK last week, according to GfK figures.
It is a drop of 28% compared to the previous week, but that was the release window of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is the biggest game launch of the year so far. Compared to the week before, which is a fairer comparison, boxed game sales are up 124%.
It's a strong performance for the physical games market, which has had to endure the closure of numerous stores (including GAME and Argos) as a result of a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The No.1 game of the week was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which jumped 78% in sales week-on-week. That's followed by FIFA 20, which increased by 53% in sales.
Last week's top performer was Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but the Switch game has plunged 81% in sales week-on-week and is now down at No.3, impacted by stock shortages following an impressive first week. Nintendo Switch games fell across the board this week, which is likely due to a lack of available stock of the console in the UK.
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