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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s UK boxed launch was bigger than FIFA 23

In terms of UK physical sales, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet's launch was the biggest of the year and the second-biggest Pokémon launch in history

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet launch: a boy in a white hat, t-shirt, and blue trousers with suspenders stands next to some large pokemon.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s launch has posted the biggest physical sales of the year in the UK, beating out FIFA 23, and becoming the second-biggest Pokémon launch after Sun & Moon, in terms of units sold. In terms of actual revenue, S&V is the biggest in the series’ history, given the higher price compared to S&M.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, alongside info from GfK, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s launch is the biggest of the year in the UK, in terms of physical copies sold. Digital sales are not available for Nintendo games. Violet accounted for 52% of the sales, Scarlet accounted for 42%, and the double pack 6%.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s launch has also helped drive hardware sales for Nintendo. Nintendo Switch hardware sales rose 62% week-on-week, making it one of the biggest weeks of the year for the company. You can check out the full chart from GfK below.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet launch sales – UK boxed chart

Here’s the GfK UK boxed chart top ten, via GamesIndustry.biz, below the launch trailer for the games.

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Last week This week Game
New entry 1 Pokémon Violet
New entry 2 Pokémon Scarlet
3 3 FIFA 23
1 4 God of War Ragnarok
2 5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
New entry 6 Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (dual pack)
7 7 Horizon: Forbidden West
5 8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
6 9 Nintendo Switch Sports
4 10 Sonic Frontiers

That’s all we’ve got on the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet launch. For more, check out our Pokémon Scarlet & Violet starters, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet gym leaders, and Pokémon Scarlet & Violet legendaries guides.