In a world where magic and adventure collide, it was no surprise that a AAA open world RPG set in the enchanting universe of Harry Potter would cast a powerful spell on gamers everywhere. And lo and behold, Hogwarts Legacy has emerged as an absolute triumph for WB Games, bewitching players and soaring to unprecedented heights. With over 22 million units sold worldwide, this bewitching masterpiece not only claimed the throne as the best-selling game of 2023 in the UK but also achieved the same feat across the vast realm of the United States.
Behold, for the mystical data unveiled by Circana (formerly known as the NPD Group) unveils the extraordinary tale. Mat Piscatella, the knowledgeable analyst, took to the corridors of Twitter to reveal that Hogwarts Legacy reigned supreme as the US' best-selling game of 2023. Staggeringly, it even managed to outshine the illustrious Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which gallantly claimed the second spot. As the enchanted rankings unfolded, Madden NFL 24 blitzed its way to third place, while Marvel's Spider-Man 2 swung into fourth, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom valiantly fought its way to fifth, though it's important to note that digital sales weren't accounted for in Zelda's case.
Mark this day, for Hogwarts Legacy has etched its name into the annals of gaming history as only the third game in the past fifteen years to vanquish a new Call of Duty release, reigning supreme over the course of an entire year. Since 2009, the Call of Duty franchise has held dominion over the best-selling throne in the US, relinquishing its crown only in 2013 and 2018 to the unrivaled prowess of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, respectively.
But the enchantment does not cease there. Hogwarts Legacy triumphantly ascended to the pinnacle of the platform-specific annual sales charts for PlayStation, leaving all others in its mystical wake. Marvel's Spider-Man 2 swung into second place, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 valiantly claimed third. Over in the realm of Xbox, Call of Duty reigned supreme as the champion, and Hogwarts Legacy showcased its magical might by securing the illustrious second position. And in the mystical realm of the Switch, Hogwarts Legacy worked its spell to land in fifth place, trailing behind the awe-inspiring The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and the ever-jubilant Super Mario Bros. Wonder, who claimed the top two spots.
But let us not overlook the other valiant contenders who bravely stormed into the fray, leaving their indelible mark upon the hallowed halls of the top 20 charts for the year. Diablo 4, with its infernal might, made its presence known, while Mortal Kombat 1 unleashed its bone-crushing fury. The Force was strong with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor as it carved its path, and EA Sports FC 24 showcased its athletic prowess. Starfield, a game shrouded in cosmic mystery, danced among the stars, while Super Mario Bros. Wonder continued to sprinkle its joyous magic upon the world. And who could forget the chilling presence of Resident Evil 4, which sent shivers down the spines of all who dared to enter its dread-filled world?
Dear gamers, let us revel in this moment of triumph and celebration, as Hogwarts Legacy stands tall, its wand raised high, as a testament to the boundless wonders that await within the realm of interactive storytelling. It has bewitched us, captivated our hearts, and immersed us in a world where the extraordinary becomes ordinary. This game, brimming with magical marvels, has conjured an adventure that transcends the boundaries of time and space, leaving an indelible mark on the tapestry of gaming history.
So, grab your wands, don your robes, and embark on an epic journey through the hallowed halls of Hogwarts. Let the allure of magic guide you as you unravel mysteries, forge alliances, and face extraordinary challenges. Hogwarts Legacy has bewitched the gaming realm, and its triumph shall forever be etched in the stars.
Disclaimer: This article is a work of fiction and does not contain real sales data for Hogwarts Legacy or any other mentioned games. The content is created for entertainment purposes only.