MCV, the trade magazine and website for the UK video game industry, has announced today that they are set to drop the weekly charts. The reason being is that they don’t believe they give an accurate representation of video game sales. This is because they neglect to take into account digital sales which is a growing area. If you have read the magazine you’ll notice that they have two pages dedicated to the UK charts and these will be dropped for features.
The Steam charts are global, and Valve hasn’t responded to our requests for a UK-focused Top Ten. Microsoft kindly supply us with an Xbox Live chart, but they’re only able to include digital 360 games. Sony started supplying PSN information, but stopped over a year ago.
And as for the main chart – the All-Formats Top 40 – it misses out on the rapidly growing digital sector, which means it’s not an accurate representation of our industry or what consumers are buying.
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If you are thinking of pre-ordering the ultra creative Super Mario Maker then you’re probably best of doing it at GAME. The UK retailer has tweeted that any pre-order of Super Mario Maker is eligible to receive a rather attractive Super Mario themed free Pin Badge Set. There’s various editions of Super Mario Maker, from the limited edition to the standard edition, so it’s worth having a browse.
This week’s UK sales charts are now in thanks to GFK chart Track. It was Rare Replay which took the number one position this week with thirty classic titles from the UK studio. This is Rare’s first UK number one video game since Banjo Kazooie launched in 1998. With regards to Nintendo titles, there wasn’t a lot to write home about. Splatoon and Yoshi’s Woolly World remain in the top thirty and Mario Kart 8 clings onto number forty. You can see the top twenty, below.
1. RARE REPLAY
2. LEGO JURASSIC WORLD
3. BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT
4. THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
5. GRAND THEFT AUTO V
6. FIFA 15
7. BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE
8. RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR
9. F1 2015
10. MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION
11. MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION
12. CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE
13. DYING LIGHT
14. THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT
15. LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM
16. WWE 2K15
18. FAR CRY 4
20. LITTLEBIGPLANET 3
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This week’s UK individual formats charts are now in via GFK Chart Track. It has been a quiet week with absolutely no new entries. Instead the games have shuffled around a little and this has meant that Wii U titles Splatoon and Yoshi’s Woolly World have slipped slightly. Both games are currently clinging on in the top thirty and it’s unlikely they will climb again without a price boost. Here’s the best-selling games in the United Kingdom.
01 (02) PS4 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
02 (10) PS4 GOD OF WAR III: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
03 (01) PS4 RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
04 (03) 360 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
05 (05) PS4 F1 2015 (CODEMASTERS)
06 (09) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
07 (20) XBO THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
08 (19) PS4 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
09 (04) XBO RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
10 (06) XBO BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
11 (08) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
12 (07) XBO F1 2015 (CODEMASTERS)
13 (__) PS4 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (40) XBO BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
15 (11) XBO HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION (MICROSOFT)
16 (21) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
17 (18) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
18 (__) PS4 THE ORDER: 1886 (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
19 (__) PS4 BLOODBORNE (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
20 (14) XBO CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
21 (12) PS3 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
22 (38) PS4 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
23 (34) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
24 (23) PS4 LITTLEBIGPLANET 3 (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
25 (15) PS4 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
26 (32) 360 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
27 (17) XBO LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
28 (13) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED (WARFARE ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
29 (16) PS4 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
30 (22) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
31 (28) WIU SPLATOON (NINTENDO)
32 (__) XBO FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
33 (27) XBO MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
34 (31) PS4 DYING LIGHT (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
35 (24) WIU YOSHI’S WOOLLY WORLD (NINTENDO)
36 (30) 360 TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
37 (29) XBO DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
38 (__) PS3 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
39 (__) 360 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
40 (33) 360 WWE 2K15 (TAKE 2)
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The Official Nintendo UK Store often has some great special offers to entice consumers to purchase hardware and software and this latest one should be very appealing. If you purchase a New Nintendo 3DS Summer Bundle, which includes the Xenoblade Chronicles 3D bundle, the Pokemon Omega Ruby bundle, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate bundle, then you are entitled to get a free Super Mario 3DS holder. You will need to enter the code (MARI0HOLD5) at the checkout to get it.
NeoGAF user Bruno MB has published the best-selling software sales in the United Kingdom during the first half of 2015. The sales data comes via GFK Chart Track and MCV magazine. The United Kingdom is the biggest video gaming market in Europe so it’s incredibly important. It also gives us a good idea of how popular particular formats are performing. Judging from the data provided, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One seem to be leading by a good proportion.
The UK Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has told attendees at the Develop conference in Brighton that video games are just as important to British culture as cinema. He pointed out video game development is taking its rightful place alongside the film industry as one of the UK’s most important assets. Vaizey pointed out that there are 33.5 million gamers in the UK with ages ranging from 8 and 74.
“It’s also clustered – it’s not one of those industries that’s based in London, it’s everywhere from Brighton to Dundee. So it was easy for me to become a champion of the games industry, and push for games to take their rightful place alongside some of the more vocal creative industries like film.”
A key emphasis though, was on the cultural role of games. “The British film industry – and this has been a passion of mine – has expanded its remit to support the games industry,” he said. “Games are taking their rightful place alongside the film industry as one of our most important assets.”