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Top 10 best-selling video games in Europe – March 2023

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The latest GSD data show that in March, Europe sold a total of 13.6 million PC and console games, which is a slight decline of 4% compared to the same period in 2022. For the first quarter of the year, 39 million games were sold, representing an 11% drop from the previous year.

The report includes physical game sales in major European markets and digital downloads from most major game publishers. The best-selling game for the quarter was Hogwarts Legacy, which is also the fastest-selling game in Europe, excluding the FIFA franchise, since the GSD charts began in 2017.

However, last year saw the release of several major titles, including Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Horizon: Forbidden West, and Gran Turismo 7, which resulted in a larger number of big releases than this year. In March, Resident Evil 4 claimed the top spot, with first two-week sales across Europe 19% lower than 2021’s Resident Evil Village, but up 57% compared to the remake of Resident Evil 3 in 2020, and 149% higher than the remake of Dead Space released in January.

In terms of console hardware sales, 570,000 units were sold across selected European countries in March, a 67% increase, mainly driven by the huge sales of PlayStation 5. PS5 sales are up by five times in March 2023 compared to the year before, offsetting declines in Switch sales, which are down 19%, and Xbox Series S and X sales, down 13%. The PS5 is leading the market with a 369% Year over year sales increase, followed by the Switch (down 18%) and Xbox Series S and X (down 10%).

4.7 million accessories were sold, up 5% from last year, though again, the PlayStation 5 DualShock is the big winner. Point cards and wallets, as with games, dropped with only 1.9 million sold, a 1.9% decrease from this time last year.

Top 10 best-selling games in Europe in March 2023 (Digital + Physical):

1. Resident Evil 4
2. Hogwarts Legacy
3. FIFA 23
4. Grand Theft Auto 5
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
6. Red Dead Redemption 2
7. WWE 2K23
8. F1 22
9. NBA 2K23
10. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

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