Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Purple make biggest non-digital UK starts of the year

Even FIFA 23 has to bow. So far the best launch of the year in the United Kingdom ahead of God of War Ragnarok, the king of football game was beaten by 4% by the Scarlet – Violet tandem, at least as far as physical sales are concerned, the observation may still be different when considering downloads. These first statistics collected by GfK are reported as always by the site Games Industry.

By limiting itself to canned sales, which are estimated at around 235,000 copies, this Pokémon duo is therefore the new champion of the year across the Channel and even achieves the second best launch in the history of the franchise after Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on Nintendo 3DS, released on the heels of the Pokémon GO phenomenon in November 2016. 3DS episodes.

In detail, Pokémon Violet took the lead, accounting for 52% of sales, against 42% for Pokémon Scarlet and 6% for the double pack. This generation of Pokémon is off to a 25% higher start than the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield duo released in November 2019. Its launch is also 56% higher than Pokémon Legends: Arceus which opened the year in January.

Just as the PS5 had its biggest week of the year with the release of God of War Ragnarok, the release of Pokémon gives the Switch its best performance since the start of the year. Console sales were up 62% from the previous week, with the OLED model serving as the powerhouse.

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