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The 2018 ANZ IGEA Physical Charts

The 2018 ANZ IGEA Physical Charts

Yet another year is in the books, so let’s take a look at the heavy hitters of 2018.

In 2018, 114 titles featured in the weekly top ten charts in Australia with 28 of them claiming at least one weekly number one. Across the ditch, 90 titles made their way into a weekly Top 10 during the year, with 22 titles rising to a weekly number one.  As they say in the classics, there can only be only be one number one – well in our case, two number ones.

It comes as absolutely no surprise that  Rockstar Games’ highly anticipated and well lauded Red Dead Redemption II was the best selling title at retail for last year in both countries, but in a year filled with massive releases, lets take a closer look at each territory and how the Top 10s changed following our special feature, The Race to number one, in late November.

Australia

  1. Red Dead Redemption II – Rockstar Games
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII – Activision
  3. Marvel’s Spider-Man – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  4. Far Cry 5 – Ubisoft
  5. FIFA 19-  Electronic Arts
  6. God of War – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  7. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy – Activision
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo
  9. NBA 2K19 – 2K
  10. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy – Activision

As we predicted in our Race to number one feature, Red Dead Redemption II and Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII battled it out for the top spot, with RDRII coming out the victor. Red Dead claimed a total of six weekly Australian number ones, and featured outside the top three weekly sellers just once in the ten weeks it was on sale in 2018 – finishing fifth in Week 46, the launch week of Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Fallout 76, Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu, Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee, Battlefield V and Hitman 2, it bettered the sales of the latter two that week. In its twelve weeks on sale Black Ops IIII claimed two weekly number ones (Weeks 41 & 42 – its first two weeks on sale) and had seven additional Top Three finishes, only falling outside of this three times – including the aforementioned stacked Week 46.

Marvel’s Spider-Man continued its great run into Christmas, leapfrogging Far Cry 5. Similarly, FIFA 19 and God of War changed places at fifth and sixth spot.

Lower in the charts, 2017’s Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy failed to maintain its momentum, falling from seventh to tenth. Sister title, Spyro: Reignited Trilogy consistently featured in the Top Ten following its debut at number one (Week 46) to finish in seventh spot overall after only seven weeks on sale. Similarly, Nintendo’s Switch exclusive,  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate finished in eighth spot for 2018 after only being on sale for four weeks – a period that included three weekly number ones and one second place behind RDRII in the week before Christmas.

Smash Bros. inclusion, along with Spyro, came at the cost of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and Mario Kart 8, which had been tracking as the eighth and tenth a month out from Christmas, falling outside the Top Ten for the year (eleventh and twelfth respectively.)

So in a year that was wall to wall with releases, in a Top 10 that doesn’t include Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Fallout 76 , Battlefield V and either of the Pokemon: Lets Go titles, what can we highlight? Well for me its several factors, outside the obvious;

  • 2018 was a great year for single platform titles. Sony Interactive Entertainment had two PS4 exclusive titles inside the top ten – inside the top six in fact. Additionally, the Nintendo Switch exclusive, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, finished in eighth after only four weeks on sale. Expanding our view to the Top 20, Nintendo boasted a further four platform exclusives. Microsoft’s best exclusive title was Forza Horizon 4 in 28th spot for the year.
  • You don’t have to release in October to be successful – with Far Cry 5 and God of War both featuring in the top six. They released in Week 13 and Week 16 respectively.
  • Sports titles continue to impress –  FIFA 19 became the sixth consecutive title since we began tracking the annual results in the franchise to finish in the annual top ten (fifth), and for a second consecutive year, an NBA 2K title has placed in ninth.
  • Retro is still huge! Activision is definitely onto a winner with their remastered classic titles. Again, Spyro was the better performer of the two to feature, finishing in seventh overall after seven weeks on sale. 2017’s Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, which was 2017’s second best selling title, saw continued success after releases on Xbox One and PC this year. With Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled set for release in June this  year, Activision is set to keep this trend rolling.

New Zealand

  1. Red Dead Redemption II – Rockstar Games
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII – Activision
  4. God of War – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  5. Far Cry 5 – Ubisoft
  6. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy – Activision
  7. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy – Activision
  8. Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Ubisoft
  10. FIFA 19 – Electronic Arts

As is the norm, the New Zealand Top 10 closely resembles the Australian chart, with a few unique differences. In total, eight titles appear in both charts, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and NBA 2K19 finishing outside the Top 10 in New Zealand (28th and 11th respectively), with the ever consistent Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey taking their place.

The 2018 NZ Top Three features the same titles as that of Australia, but in the ‘PlayStation nation’, Marvel’s Spider-Man finished one place better, overtaking Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII to take second spot.  God of War also performed better than it did in Australia, up two spots to fourth. God Of War had been tracking in second spot in the lead up to Christmas, though ultimately it would slip to make way for Spider-Man and Black Ops IIII.

RDRII was again highly consistent taking home seven number ones in its ten weeks on sale, never finishing outside the top three. Its ‘worst’ performance was third in Week 46, finishing behind the debuting Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Fallout 76.

Far Cry 5 was down one spot on its performance in Australia, finishing fifth overall. As with the above, the title had sat in fourth spot in the lead up to Christmas but was caught by the two fast chargers.

Activision’s retro twins, Spyro: Reignited Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy were New Zealand’s sixth and seventh best performers at retail. Crash slipped one spot in the period leading up to Christmas, making way for Spyro. As in Australia that later consistently finished in the Top 4 every week that it was on sale, claiming a number one in its debut week and five additional Top 3s. Spyro was the only new entrant compared to our countdown chart, knocking out fellow Activision title, Call of Duty: WWII – it would finish in twelfth spot.

As mentioned above, unlike in Australia, 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V is once again in the New Zealand annual Top 10 (it was 14th in Australia). New Zealand and Grand Theft Auto V have been synonymous with each other – just check out our previous special feature, ‘The constant‘, which looked at the unbelievable success of the title.  In the previous 248 weeks to the article, GTA V had featured in a staggering 212 weekly Top 10s in the country – that’s a strike rate of 85.48! So for an incredible sixth straight year, Grand Theft Auto V makes the New Zealand Annual Top 10 list, albeit down on its third place finish in 2017.

Whilst Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey did make it into the Top 10 (9th), NBA 2K19 (11th), Fallout 76 (15th) and Battlefield V (20th) all missed out. New Zealand again showed its support for previous releases. Including Grand Theft Auto V and Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, fourteen of its Top 30 titles initially released prior to 2018. For comparison Australia only has ten of its Top 30 as pre 2018 releases.

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