On Saturday we reported about the slump in business for UK retailers, leading to the lowest week in software sales since records began. After the slow summer season salvation may be around the corner however, as the Christmas rush for AAA releases could bring in as much as £320 million to stores across nation. Last year a staggering £720 million was generated from boxed sales in the last quarter alone, 52% of these sales being made up by the top 20 titles. This year UK gamers have chosen their top 20 titles they think will save retailers this Christmas.
Some obvious titles have been chosen such as Call of Duty, Fifa and Assassins Creed but there is also somewhat of a focus on family friendly games like Just Dance 4 and Super Mario Brothers 2.
The full list in no particular order is as follows: Skylanders Giants, Pokemon Black 2, Fifa 13, Resident Evil 6, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution, Far Cry 3, Just Dance 4, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Super Mario Brothers 2, Football Manager 2013, Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Halo 4, Assassins Creed 3, Playstation Wonderbook, Forza Horizon, Lego Lord of the Rings and Call of Duty Black Ops 2.
Notable titles missing from the list include F1 2012 and PES 2013.
I have to say that this is a great little list of games including at least six games that I am planning to buy myself at some point. Will this be enough to keep stores running? How many of these games are you planning on purchasing?
All information taken from MCV and the GfK Chart-Track.