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Argos sales data predicts 2019 bestsellers and top titles of the 2010s
The leading video gaming retailer analysed sales data going back to 2013, with more than 10,000 different games included in the research.
FIFA 20 is released on Friday 27 September and available for pre-order now. FIFA has topped the annual Argos gaming sales chart every year since 2014, except in 2017 when Call of Duty WWII ruled the roost. The margin of victory was just two per cent, meaning the latest iterations of the EA and Activision titles are set for a titanic battle in this year’s sales war.
First, however, they’ll need to overhaul the massive sales of current 2019 bestsellers, Minecraft and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which have both generated seven-figure revenue at Argos alone between January and August.
Peter Wray, Argos Buying Manager for Video Gaming, said: “FIFA 20 and the latest Call of Duty game are set for a nail-biting battle to be crowned 2019’s top game. FIFA has the initial advantage, being released a month earlier on three consoles as opposed to two for COD. However, just two years ago the COD franchise swept to victory despite a November release.
“This Christmas, we also expect impressive sales for Pokémon Sword and Shield, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Doom Eternal and Need for Speed: Heat. The last film in the most recent Star Wars trilogy will boost interest in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is out this November, while Metal Gear fans will be out in their droves to purchase Hideo Kojima’s PS4 title, Death Stranding.”
Top ten best-selling video games of 2019 so far:
1 – Minecraft – Nintendo Switch/PS4
2 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo Switch
3 – Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo Switch
4 – Grand Theft Auto V – PS4/Xbox One
5 – Days Gone By – PS4
6 – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – PS4/Xbox One
7 – FIFA 19 – PS4/Xbox One
8 – Super Smash Bros Ultimate – Nintendo Switch
9 – Red Dead Redemption 2 – PS4/Xbox One
10 – Marvel’s Spider-Man – PS4
Neither FIFA nor COD can claim to be the biggest game of the 2010s, however. That honour goes to Grand Theft Auto V, while Minecraft in second place has racked up consistent sales over more than half a decade.
Peter Wray continued: “What’s clear from the best-sellers since 2013 is that being available on multiple consoles is highly beneficial to overall sales. However, major games available on one console such as Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch, Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 still generated phenomenal numbers.”
Top 15 best-selling video games at Argos since 2013:
1 – Grand Theft Auto V – PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
2 – Minecraft – Nintendo Switch/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
3 – FIFA 15 – Wii/3DS/PS VitaPS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
4 – FIFA 14 – Wii/3DS/PS Vita/PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
5 – FIFA 17 – PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
6 – Call of Duty WWII – PS4/Xbox One
7 – FIFA 18 – Nintendo Switch/PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
8 – FIFA 16 – PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
9 – FIFA 19 – Nintendo Switch/PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
10 – Red Dead Redemption 2 – PS4/Xbox One
11 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo Switch
12 – Forza Horizon 3 – Xbox One
13 – Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Switch
14 – Marvel’s Spider-Man – PS4
15 – The SIMS 4 – PS4/Xbox One/PC
Argos’s top Christmas games are available for pre-order on argos.co.uk.
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Established in 1973, Argos is a leading UK general merchandise retailer offering more than 60,000 products through its website, apps and 850+ standalone stores and stores inside Sainsbury’s supermarkets.
Employing around 30,000 colleagues, it is the UK’s number one toy retailer and a market leader in furniture, homewares and electricals.
Argos is a technology-led retailer; its website receives more than a billion visits a year and more than half of sales originate online. 80 per cent of all orders are fulfilled in stores as customers take advantage of its convenient Click & Collect service.
Its market-leading Fast Track delivery service is available across more than 90% of UK postcodes, seven days a week, and offers home delivery in as little as four hours up to 10pm.
Argos is part of the Sainsbury’s Group, which is a retailer of food, general merchandise, clothing and financial services through the Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s Bank, Argos and Habitat brands. J Sainsbury plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.