New chart data shows Brits are in love with Mario, but only after FIFA and CoD

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Sales-tracking company GfK’s ‘Brand New Analysis’ has revealed the top 30 best-selling gaming software in the UK since 1995 – and it shouldn’t really come as a shock to learn Mario ranks very high indeed.

The new chart has been ranked in order of revenue earned and time period FIFA and call of Duty take the first two places, the most popular Italian plumber is in third place. The titles that contributed most to this success were Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 8and New Super Mario Bros.

Elsewhere, the Pokemon Series is ranked 8 in the table while zelda is at the bottom in 29th place. Wii Fithowever, ranks at number 13 – impressive considering it only had three single releases in its lifetime. Mario’s former rival sound is in 11th place.

Collectively, the top 30 stocks have generated over £26bn over the past 27 years.

Here is the full chart as compiled by GfK:

No. Best selling game by brand Title (1995-) series start
1 FIFA 50 1993
2 call of Duty 32 2003
3 Mario 109 1987
4 Grand Theft Auto 21 1997
5 Lego 77 1997
6 war of stars 113 1983
7 The Sims 106 2000
8th Pokemon 93 1999
9 Assassin’s Creed 27 2007
10 Need speed 30 1994
11 sound 55 1991
12 WWF / WWE / Wrestlemania 61 1987
13 miracle 106 1982
14 Wii Fit 3 2008
fifteen Tom Claney 72 1997
16 Guitar / DJ Hero 18 2006
17 Pro Evolution Football 22 2001
18 skylanders 6 2011
19 battlefield 30 2002
20 Tomb Raider 31 1996
21 gloriole fifteen 2001
22 direct current 43 1986
23 formula One 66 1992
24 Gran Turismo 13 1998
25 forza 13 2005
26 Harry Potter 17 2001
27 Crash Bandicoot 22 1996
28 The Olympic games 20 1992
29 zelda


30 PGA Tour Golf 46 1990

Commenting on the data, Dorian Bloch, Senior Client Insight Director for Gaming at GfK said:

This is a fascinating list, and no doubt anyone who’s followed the evolution of the video game industry like I have will come as little surprise at the sheer value, size, and breadth of this market. What was once considered a niche sector is now undoubtedly a mainstream market, generating billions in revenue every year. The characters in these games have become popular heroes, from Lara Croft to Luigi and Mario to Sonic the Hedgehog. Terms used in the franchises have entered our vocabulary, and there are quite a few players who have been able to navigate the outskirts of San Francisco since their days behind the wheel of a stolen car in GTA. New chart data shows Brits are in love with Mario, but only after FIFA and CoD

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