Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is the second biggest Pokémon launch of all time |  UK Boxed Charts

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is the second biggest Pokémon launch of all time | UK Boxed Charts

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is the latest video game to post huge launch sales in the UK.

This is the biggest boxed game launch of the year, with opening week sales up 4% from FIFA 23 (the previous biggest).

In fact, in terms of units, it’s the second-biggest Pokémon launch of all time, behind Pokémon Sun and Moon on 3DS. Sun and Moon arrived during a period of great interest in the series after the release of the Pokémon Go smartphone game (in 2016)

According to GfK, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet actually generated more money in its launch week compared to Sun and Moon. The average sale price was £35 for Sun and Moon compared to £48 for Scarlet and Violet.

Note: This data is purely framed retail data. Download figures are not available for Nintendo games.

The Violet version accounted for 52% of sales, while Scarlet accounted for 42%, and the dual pack including both games accounted for the remaining 6%.

Scarlet and Violet’s first-week sales are 25% higher than the previous “next-gen” Pokémon release, Sword and Shield, which launched on Switch in November 2019. It’s also 70% higher than the remakes Diamond and Pearl from last year and 56% larger than January. Pokemon Legends: Arceus

The launch of Pokémon has also boosted sales of Switch consoles, according to GfK. Switch hardware sales were up 62% week-over-week, driven by the OLED model. This is the biggest week of the year so far for Nintendo Switch console sales.

Pokémon is making headlines just a week after the massive launch of God of War: Ragnarok on PS4 and PS5. Sony’s game drops to No. 4 this time after a 73% drop in sales week over week.

Last week’s other new release, Sonic Frontiers, dropped from #4 to #10 due to a 64% drop in sales.

There was another new release on the charts: The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil In Me, which debuted at No. 16. Bandai Namco’s horror title actually sold a bit better than last year’s House of Ashes.

Elsewhere, a number of PlayStation games jumped in sales due to price activity at major retailers. The Last of Us Part 2 re-enters the charts at No. 18 due to a deal that saw the game drop below £10. Spider-Man: Miles Morales returns to No. 26 (sales up 292%), Gran Turismo 7 returns to No. 30 (sales up 228%) and The Last of Us Part 1 returns to No. 38 (sales up). up 454%).

Here is the GfK UK Boxed Top Ten for the week ending November 20:

Last week This week Title
new entry 1 Pokémon Violet
new entry 2 Pokemon Scarlet
2 3 FIFA 23
1 4 God of War Ragnarok
2 5 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
new entry 6 Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Double Pack
seven seven Horizon: West forbidden
5 8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
6 9 Nintendo Switch Sports
4 ten sound borders

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