May 28th, 2020, 21:27 Posted By: wraggster
Boxed games, accessories and consoles generated more than £130m for UK games retailers last month.
Over one million games were sold during April, making it the most successful April for physical game sales since 2015. It is a drop of 13% on March, but that was because of the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is the biggest game of the year so far. OK
All data is courtesy of GfK.
The best-selling boxed video game of April was Final Fantasy VII: Remake, although the game didn't quite reach the sales heights of 2016's Final Fantasy XV. The remake suffered distribution challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another game that was likely impacted by the crisis was the remake of Resident Evil 3, which was the fifth best-selling game of the month.
Nintendo remains the dominant games publisher, with the company's games accounting for 21.5% of all boxed titles sold in the UK last month.
Almost 210,000 games consoles were sold during April, which generated in excess of £50 million. All three major games consoles - Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PS4 - have sold more units during the first four months of 2020 than they did during the same period in 2019. All three platforms have seen a surge in sales since the UK entered lockdown, with consumers buying consoles to keep themselves occupied during the situation. Well over half a million games consoles have been sold in the UK between March and April, which is a rise of more than 48% over the same period in 2019.
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