Unfortunately, in Europe and especially in our country, there is a lack of a regular reliable source of sales numbers for video games, so we must thank at least weekly updates of the English, which is still closer to us than the American or Asian. Of course, it is also necessary to take into account the fact that these are purely sales of boxed versions of games.
However, if we look at last week from this perspective, we find that time has stopped a bit or even gone back because the first three best-selling games last week were practically a decade old:
Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
Grand Theft Auto 5
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Mario Kart was released in 2014, GTA in 2013, and Minecraft even in 2011, all games were of course released for the last generation of gaming hardware. The only news in this ranking is Hades thanks to the conversion for PlayStation and Xbox (thanks to the presence of the game in Game Pass, 70% of the game was sold on PS5, 23% on PS4, and only 7% on Xbox Series), but it's not really a new game either.
From this point of view, it might seem that the summer game drought is really in full swing. But the reality is, of course, different: instead of new "big" boxed games, the torch has been taken over by smaller indie titles, which are only published digitally, be it The Ascent or Death's Door and others.