UK’s boxed games market soars to strongest April in five years

UK’s physical games market has surged to its biggest April in five years, selling more than one million copies, according to a report from, with data coming from German market research company GfK.

The UK’s boxed games market, including accessories and consoles, recorded more than $150 million for retailers last month. The best-selling physical game released was the Final Fantasy VII: Remake, the highly-anticipated makeover of the classic FFVII.

April still experienced a 13 percent drop from March, which was boosted by the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which quickly became a worldwide phenomenon and one of the best-selling games of the year.

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Nintendo still retained its crown as the top-selling games publisher thanks their products’ longevity and friendliness to all sorts of gamers, accounting for 21.5 percent of physical games sold in April.

For example, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a three-year-old game, is the eighth-best-selling game in April, beating out new releases like Resident Evil 3.

Here’s a list of the top 20 physical games releases in the UK for the month of April.

April UK GfK Physical Top 20

Position Title
1 Final Fantast VII: Remake
2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
3 FIFA 20
4 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
5 Resident Evil 3
6 Forza Horizon 4
7 Grand Theft Auto 5
8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
9 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
10 Persona 5 Royal
11 Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
12 Luigi’s Mansion 3
13 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
14 Red Dead Redemption 2
15 Ring Fit Adventure
16 The Last of Us: Remastered
17 Spyro Reignited Trilogy
18 Doom Eternal
19 Just Dance 2020
20 New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe

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