Crash Team Racing tops slow August charts

As expected, it’s been a quiet August at retail. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled topped the monthly physical charts for the second time this year, having debuted at No.1 in its launch month back in June. This good August performance was despite a 48 per cent decrease in sales month-on-month for the Activision title.

Super Mario Maker 2 meanwhile had to settle for No.2 for its third month on sales, after enjoying a No.1 spot in July. Sales for the Nintendo Switch title were down 59 per cent month-on-month.

You had to look further down the charts to see a new entry in the listings, with Madden NFL 20 debuting at No.11. Surprisingly, considering EA’s important digital shift, launch physical sales for the title were up 8.1 per cent compared to last year’s entry, Madden NFL 19.

Looking at the market in general for August, the Switch once again surpassed the Xbox One in terms of units sold. In revenue, it surpassed both the Xbox One and the PS4 – Switch software sales represented 40.8 per cent of the UK market’s value in August, versus 20.5 per cent for the Xbox One and 34.9 per cent for the PS4.

In the publishers’ charts, Nintendo was also No.1 once again, in both value and units, followed by Activision Blizzard and Warner Bros.

Overall, physical software sales in the UK were down 18.7 per cent month-on-month in value, and 12.7 per cent in units this August. Year-on-year, revenue was down 18.9 per cent and unit sales decreased 16.3 per cent.

Here’s the Top Ten for the period between July 28th and August 24th 2019 (data courtesy of GfK/Ukie):

Rank Title Publisher
1 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Activision
2 Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo
3 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo
4 FIFA 19 EA
5 Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar
6 Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo
7 Minecraft (Nintendo Switch) Nintendo
8 Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar
9 F1 2019 Codemasters
10 Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s former senior staff writer. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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