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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Enters the Europe Charts for July 2022, Switch Best-Selling Platform

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Enters the Europe Charts for July 2022, Switch Best-Selling Platform - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 August 2022 / 5,767 Views

F1 22 took first place on the Europe charts for July 2022, according to GSD data reported by GamesIndustry.  It was the best-selling game in Germany, Italy and France.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was the highest charting new release as it debuted in seventh place. Launch sales were 27 percent higher than 2020's Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga came in fourth place, however, it was the best-selling game in the UK.

There were a total of 8.82 million games sold in July across Europe, which is a decrease of 38 percent year-on-year. However, it should be noted July 2022 includes four weeks, while July 2021 includes five weeks.

There were over 297,420 video game consoles sold across Europe in July. However, it should be noted the hardware charts exclude two major European countries - the UK and Germany. This is down 48 percent compared to July last year.

Nintendo Switch was by far the best-selling selling console, as there continues to be stock shortages for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

For 2022 year-to-date (January through July 2022), console sales are down by over 26 percent. This is mainly due to the shortages of the PlayStation 5. Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch sales are up slightly year-over-year.

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Top 20 Games in Europe in July 2022, according to GSD (Digital + Physical):

Position Title
1 F1 22 (EA)
2 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
3 FIFA 22 (EA)
4 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros)
5 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
6 Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)*
7 Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Nintendo)*
8 Mario Strikers: Battle League Football* (Nintendo)
9 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
10 NBA 2K22 (2K Games)
11 The Crew 2 (Ubisoft)
12 Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
13 Minecraft Switch Edition (Microsoft)
14 Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)
15 The Quarry (2K Games)
16 Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
17 Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo)*
18 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (EA)
19 Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)
20 Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo)*

* Digital data unavailable

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Major participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Embracer Group (including Gearbox, Koch Media, Sabre Interactive), Focus Entertainment, Konami, Marvellous Games, Microids, Microsoft (including Bethesda), Milestone, Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and 505 Games are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.

Digital data includes games sold in Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE ion>and United Kingdom.

Physical data includes all games, but only those sold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Console hardware sales cover Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Accessories sales cover the same markets, but doesn't include Switzerland.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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2zosteven (on 16 August 2022)

GTA5 damn!

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Jumpin 2zosteven (on 17 August 2022)

Yeah, that game is like a Phenom.

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Amnesia (on 16 August 2022)

I believe XC2 is superior...It is not a provocation, I really believe this.

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Vertigo-X Amnesia (on 16 August 2022)

That's... actually really sad. I abhorred the story for 2 (a barely teenage looking boy getting fawned over by a hot chick-sword? LOL) and really wanted more of a story like 1 instead.

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Leynos Vertigo-X (on 16 August 2022)

Xenoblade 3 is a better game than 2 and the story goes darker than previous games and in emotional places it hasn't before. It's the most a Xenoblade game has felt like XenoGears with even some subtle and not-so-subtle visual nods and story beats. The very first cutscene has a very obvious nod to Gears but it's not just a nod for the sake of it.

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Jumpin Leynos (on 17 August 2022)

Nice! I still have yet to play it, but the Direct showed a lot of Xenogears similarity.

The story of Xenoblade Chronicles 1 was a reimagining of a cross section of Xenogears—especially Fei’s story—that’s what Shulk’s story is. The Monado was analogue of Weltall, but the idea of giving the character a 20 meter tall mecha just didn’t mesh well with the game’s map design, so they did a sword instead and had it serve the same function. I wouldn’t say Metalface was an analogue of Grahf, but he served the same function as Grahf for what Shulk’s story needed. Alice and Elly were kind of merged into Fiora. Reyn is Timothy if he survived and wasn’t getting with Alice. Citan’s role was kind of split into Dunban and Dickson with Dunban being like Citan if Citan didn’t know much of Solaris and had strictly loyalty to the Earthbounders/lambs, and Dickson being the other half of Citan… except completely onboard with the Solaris leadership. I think most of the plot elements have their origin in Xenogears, just that a lot of Xenogears didn’t make it into Xenoblade Chronicles.

Xenoblade Chronicles X felt more like something that takes place in the Xenogears universe (10-15,000 years earlier), but didn’t have the same plotting… although there were some massive concepts that came into play that were directly from Xenogears, like the Kadamony machine. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 felt kind of alien to Xeno-games in tone (it was more like a 1990s weekend morning cartoon), but had a loads of similarities to the game—the idea of ancient technological excavation, which also played a large role in Xenogears, the idea of an ancient buried civilization resembling urbanization on modern Earth, the artifices/Diabolos, and (of course) the Zohar Conduit.

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SanAndreasX Vertigo-X (on 17 August 2022)

I would kind of have agreed with you at first, but XC2 gets a lot better the further you get into it.

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Jumpin Amnesia (on 17 August 2022)

I think you’re entitled to your opinion, although I don’t share it (quite the opposite really) and don’t think you deserve the downvotes as it sparks conversation… and mostly for the benefit of those that likely have you the downvotes :)

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