A new study from Circana (formerly the NPD Group) reveals the best-selling games for March 2023, with Resident Evil 4 at the top of the list. The remake of the classic Resident Evil game launched last month to critical acclaim and fan alike, with many praising the updated combat while staying true to the beloved horror game. The remake quickly skyrocketed, becoming the second-fastest-selling game in Legendary franchise history, trailing only 2012’s Resident Evil 6. Now, the success of the remake brings another pillar of this year’s best-selling game to the fore.
The long-awaited Resident Evil 4 remake debuted as one of the most anticipated games of the first half of 2023, though it wasn’t the only major release so far this year. February saw the debut of Hogwarts Legacy, a hugely successful open-world role-playing game set in the Harry Potter universe. Hogwarts Legacy dominated the sales charts throughout the month of release, selling over 12 million copies in just a few weeks of release. However, the Hogwarts legacy’s reign seemed short-lived, with Resident Evil 4 dethroning the game.
Circana’s Mat Piscatella recently released sales figures showing the best-selling games for March 2023, with Resident Evil 4 quickly rising to the top spot. The remake topped the sales charts, with Resident Evil 4 released a week before the end of the reporting period. While Resident Evil 4 did knock Hogwarts Legacy out of March’s top spot, the Harry Potter role-playing game was a close second at No. 2. The newly released MLB: The Show 23, Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 and The Last of Us : Part 1 round out the top 5.
Top Selling Games March 2023
Resident Evil 4 (2023) Hogwarts Legacy MLB: The Show 23 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) The Last of Us: Part 1 FIFA 23 WWE 2K23 Elden Ring Madden NFL 23 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Resident Evil 4 and Hogwarts Legacy dominated the top two sales in March, and the list was also littered with several mainstays across multiple consoles. WWE 2K23 was the only new game to make the list outside of the top 5, coming in at No. 7 in the monthly rankings. Other recent releases like Kirby Returns to Dreamland Deluxe and Dead Space (2023) also made the top 20, along with Minecraft and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Edition” and other long-term best-selling games.
The success of Resident Evil 4 is the latest entry in an ongoing series of remakes that update and modernize horror franchise classics. 2020’s Resident Evil 3 franchise has been underwhelming, selling more than 6 million copies as of January 2023. The 2019 Resident Evil 2 remake was a huge commercial success, earning a Game of the Year nomination at The Game Awards 2019. Resident Evil 4 will continue its impressive early start with more big game releases later this year.
Resident Evil 4 Remake is out now on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.