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WWE 2K23 ends Hogwarts Legacy's reign as champion | UK Boxed Charts

But boxed launch sales are down 26% over last year's title

Hogwarts Legacy's five-week stay as the UK's best-selling physical video game is over, as WWE 2K23 climbs to the top of the ladder.

2K's game sold 26% fewer boxed copies at launch compared with last year's title: WWE 2K22. 2K22 was the first title in the series for over two years, and so it may have benefitted from strong pent-up demand from fans. This is purely physical sales, and digital sales may also make up the difference.

53% of boxed sales were on PS5, 23% on PS4, 15% on Xbox Series S and X, and 9% on Xbox One. Expect the Xbox Series figure to grow once the digital data comes in, due (in part) to the strong sales of the Xbox Series S console, which is digital only.

Hogwarts Legacy is down to No.2 with a 24% drop in sales week-on-week, with FIFA 23 at No.3 (sales down 26%). The next two titles are for Nintendo Switch, and they both saw sales rise.

Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is up 3%, but that wasn't enough to stop it dropping down a place to No.4. Impressively, Metroid Prime: Remastered (at No.5) saw sales rise 24% in its third week, which is an unusual feat for a game that was only recently launched (particularly one aimed at a more hardcore audience). One thing to consider is the game was released on Nintendo's digital store in February (Nintendo does not share digital sales figures), so the title has been on sale for a lot longer via other channels.

Super Mario Odyssey re-enters the Top Ten at No.9. The game is included in a new Nintendo Switch hardware bundle, which was launched to coincide with the upcoming Super Mario Bros movie. Odyssey's sales rose 55% last week, and are up 40% again this week.

In terms of other new releases, Nintendo's Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon debuts at No.21. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Azure by NIS America is at No.24, and Signalis from Humble Games is at No.27.

Here is the GfK UK Boxed Top Ten for the week ending March 18, 2023:

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 WWE 2K23
1 2 Hogwarts Legacy
2 3 FIFA 23
3 4 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
4 5 Metroid Prime Remastered
5 6 God of War: Ragnarok
7 7 Minecraft: Switch Edition
8 8 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
13 9 Super Mario Odyssey
10 10 Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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