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UK Charts: Crash Team Racing puts the bandicoot back at No.1

Remake of '90s kart racer achieves third biggest debut of the year so far

Having dominated the charts for the past two summer, Activision is aiming for a hat trick with the chart-topping debut of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

The revamped racing game launched at No.1, and enjoyed the second highest week one sales in the history of the franchise (the record-holder, of course, is the N Sane Trilogy).

It's actually the third best launch of the year so far, behind Sony's Days Gone and another remake, Resident Evil 2. It outsold the next biggest game of the week, FIFA 19, by almost eight times as many copies.

Crash Team Racing also far outsold rival title Team Sonic Racing, with more than four times as many copies sold in week one. Interestingly, the audiences differed somewhat -- 66% of Crash buyers are on PS4, while only 40% of Sonic's customers were on Sony's console. However, Switch made up 39% of Team Sonic Racing's launch sales, but only 16% of Crash's.

Activision's racer was one of only two releases that made it into the Top 40 this week, with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night debuting at No.17.

Most titles saw a drop in sales week-on-week, ranging from as little as 16% for Mario Kart to as high as 64% for Days Gone. The only game that saw a lift in sales was Tom Clancy's The Division 2, up 15% this week.

Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending June 22nd:

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New1Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
12FIFA 19
43Forza Horizon 4
24Days Gone
55Red Dead Redemption II
66Battlefield V
97Grand Theft Auto V
118Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
249Tom Clancy's The Division 2
810Anthem

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Latest comments (1)

Evtim Trenkov Founder, Playright Games4 months ago
Interestingly, the audiences differed somewhat -- 66% of Crash buyers are on PS4, while only 40% of Sonic's customers were on Sony's console. However, Switch made up 39% of Sonic Team Racing's launch sales, but only 16% of Crash's.
I think that either's franchise history with the platforms can explain that. I think there's been Sonic Racing on Nintendo since at least the Wii. Crash Bandicoot on the other hand is a PS classic isn't it? :)
And that's good for the devs as it opens up enough market for both games to co-exist, alongside Mario Kart that's been out for a while now.
Sales wise however - apparently whoever is bigger on the PS4 is overall the winner of the revenue race (ex. Mario Kart).
I reckon with the whole market resetting with the next generation there will be a massive push for Cross-platform MP as a main selling point to cover as much market as possible. And the games that are already big on the Switch have all opportunity to grow much further after that.

Edited 3 times. Last edit by Evtim Trenkov on 24th June 2019 9:16am

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