Yes, you read that right – Spyro Reignited Trilogy has topped the UK sales charts, beating Fallout 76, Hitman 2, Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee and, of course, the new boxed version of Fortnite.
Honestly, I was expecting Fallout 76 to be at the top of the sales chart even with its downfalls, but I guess the game is worse than I originally thought. It is important to note, however, that this sales chart is only for physical sales of the games; it does not include digital sales, so maybe Fallout 76 had a lot of digital sales.
Spyro sold exceptionally well, so there’s obviously a lot of Spyro fans still kicking around. Astonishingly, this is the first time that the cute purple dragon has been in the charts since 1998! The win is deserved, as the remaster looks and plays beautifully, but it’s important to recognise that Pokemon would have smashed the sales chart if there weren’t two versions of the game; if you combine the sales for both Pokemon Pikachu and Eevee then Pokemon will sit comfortably at the top of the chart.
Sticking on Pokemon, the sales of Pokemon Let’s go (both versions) were slightly down (5%) when compared to the previously released Pokémon X and Y games. This is unlikely to worry Nintendo though, as remakes never—or at least very rarely—outsell new titles. Pokemon Let’s Go is also aimed at a younger demographic, and this usually means that the game will continue to sell well for some time after launch as it’s bought by parents and, unlike gamers, they don’t see why you ‘need’ the game at release, but what do they know?
Now let’s talk about Fallout 76, which peaked at 3rd in the UK sales chart this week, which seems ok until you take other Fallout titles sales into account. For example, compared to Fallout 4, sales are down by a whopping 82 percent. This is most likely down to its fairly negative reception, but it’s important to note that digital sales will almost certainly be up compared to Fallout 4. I’ve talked about Fallout 76 a lot the past couple of weeks, so that’s all I have to say about it.
And finally there’s Hitman 2; the game itself is decent and scored pretty good reviews across the board, however, these good reviews didn’t translate into sales. Compared to Absolution (which was the last Hitman game released) sales are a massive 90 percent down. I feel a bit sorry for IO Interactive, as I think it would have sold much better if the week (and even the month) wasn’t so release-heavy; it’s a busy period to be releasing games, so maybe they should have waited a little longer.
The full UK physical sales chart can be found below:
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Fallout 76
- Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu
- FIFA 19
- Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee
- Call of Duty: Blops 4
- Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Hitman 2