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The world’s favourite gaming franchises – Animal Crossing is officially UK’s #1

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New research from Casino.org has taken a deep dive into total sales, critic ratings, search volume and Twitch views to discover the world’s – and every country’s – most-loved gaming franchise.

Animal Crossing is officially revealed as the UK’s favourite gaming franchise.

 

Rank

Franchise

Average franchise critic score

Total sales of base games

Annual Worldwide Franchise Google Search Data

Franchise Lifetime Peak Viewers on Twitch

Most Loved Franchise Score /10

1

Super Mario

88.2%

299,475,000

39,936,900

2,926,742

8.15

2

Call of Duty

84.5%

301,460,000

88,361,000

1,623,046

8.09

3

Grand Theft Auto

90.1%

193,500,000

31,787,020

1,020,005

5.84

4

The Legend of Zelda

89.2%

93,100,000

18,513,800

2,431,115

5.73

5

Assassin’s Creed

80.8%

93,000,000

89,036,300

721,736

5.50

6

Mario Kart

87.0%

177,860,000

13,322,600

1,361,952

5.24

7

Pokémon

85.8%

187,760,000

15,220,200

1,257,588

5.18

8

The Last of Us

94.0%

24,000,000

55,619,000

631,357

5.17

9

Animal Crossing

84.8%

62,550,000

78,359,700

284,906

5.00

10

Sonic the Hedgehog

76.5%

61,420,000

41,571,900

1,907,064

4.60

  • After being around for 35 years, Super Mario is ranked the world’s most loved franchise with nearly 3 million Twitch views and 300 million sales!

  • Starting in 2003, Call of Duty has seen the highest total sales of all the franchises- over 301.46 million games sold, however it just falls behind in Twitch views and average critic score earning it second place in the world’s most loved games.

  • Taking the third spot is Grand Theft Auto with one of the highest critic scores but much lower sales than the top two franchises.

Animal Crossing is the most searched franchise in the UK

While Call Of Duty has been searched for by the most number of countries (29), Animal Crossing emerges as the favourite for 24 countries – including the UK, US and Australia.

Most Searched Franchise

Number of Countries

Call of Duty

29

Animal Crossing

24

The Witcher

8

The Last of Us

6

Super Mario

3

Sonic the Hedgehog

3

Assassin’s Creed

1

Diablo

1

You can see the results of the research by clicking here.

Methodology:

Video game franchises were taken from the list of best-selling video game franchises from Wikipedia with spin-offs and remakes excluded.
The critical reception score for each game was sourced from Metacritic, with the exception of some older games which were released prior to Metacritic’s existence, which reflect scores from now-defunct GameRankings (which has since been incorporated into Metacritic).
For the total sales of the base games of each franchise, sales data was taken from the list of best selling game franchises on the Video Game Sales Wiki page.
Google Keyword planner found the number of global searches for each base game from March 2020 to February 2021.
Franchise lifetime peak viewers on Twitch was sourced from each games’ category page on TwitchTracker.
To discover each country’s favorite franchise, Ahrefs Keyword Explorer tool was used to collect the monthly average search volume for the last twelve months for the 75 countries where data was available.

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YoYo Games launches Fire Jump – a new game-making Drag and Drop tutorial for GameMaker Studio 2

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New tutorial introduces hobbyists to the basics of GameMaker’s intuitive Drag and Drop system to create their own infinite platformer game from start to finish

YoYo Games today announced the launch of Fire Jump – a new game-making tutorial designed to introduce new users to the basics of GameMaker Studio 2, the world’s leading 2D game development engine.

Designed specifically for those with little or no game design experience, Fire Jump features a step-by-step guide to making an infinite platformer game, primarily using GameMaker’s easy-to-use and intuitive Drag and Drop (DnD) system.

In Fire Jump, players control an intrepid fireman on a mission to rescue civilians from a burning building. As our hero leaps vertically from window to window, he must rescue civilians whilst trying to avoid those windows which are on fire.

Explained in an easy to understand manner, the free tutorial includes four tutorials plus a wealth of supporting materials, teaching new users how to make a playable character, generate infinite obstacles, build a solid game loop along with menus and much more. There is also enough useful information for intermediate users to enjoy as well.

The launch of Fire Jump tutorial follows the recent release of Little Town, a major new game-making tutorial designed to teach students the fundamental principles of game design with GameMaker Studio 2.

You can download the Fire Jump tutorial by visiting https://www.yoyogames.com/en/blog/fire-jump-tutorial.

Stuart Poole, General Manager, YoYo Games, said: “With Drag and Drop, absolutely anyone can make an impressive game without writing code – all you need is imagination.

“This is why we’re extremely excited to be launching Fire Jump – our latest high-quality step-by-step DnD tutorial, designed to quickly get hobbyists up-to-speed with the core functionality of DnD and GameMaker Studio 2 while hopefully inspiring them to create their own amazing games.”

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Bad Fox Studios’ MOSH Super Squad Hits PC Early Access on the 25th of June across Steam and the Epic Games Store

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Squad up and duke it out in a manic-strategic battle for domination. Tactics, teamwork and twitch reflexes are vital to claim victory, with top-down shooter controls to master, a diverse roster of troopers to choose from, and a myriad of map shaking abilities to fire off.

Bad Fox Studios are pleased to announce their Free to Play game Super Squad will be blasting into Early Access on the EPIC Games Store and Steam on the 25th of June. Super Squad’s entry into Early Access also heralds the birth of a new genre: the team-based Multiplayer Online Shoot-‘Em-Up, or MOSH. Part RTS strategy, part MOBA twitch shooter, all MOSH. To claim victory, you’ll have to think like a general but fight like a trooper.

Join the Cosmic Chaos!
Soldiers, aliens, pirates, and more collide when military experiments on a mysterious meteorite tear a rift in the fabric of reality. Portals appear throughout the universe, sucking up troopers from across time and space to face off in feverish 5 v 5 battles for domination.

Dodge Faster, Shoot Faster, Think Faster
Whether hunting for missile keys to bombard the enemy stronghold on Military Base, warping to New Mars to assault the enemy mothership, or keeping it classic and going head-to-head in the upcoming Team Deathmatch mode, smart team composition, slick co-operation and laser accurate skill shots are the ways to win.

What to Expect
Super Squad will release into Early Access with 12 playable troopers to choose from, 8 maps to traverse, and 2 modes to battle through. You can either purchase access to all troopers present and future with a Superpack, or simply jump in with the 6 free troopers that will be on rotation every 2 weeks. 2 new troopers will also be added to the roster monthly, giving players new playstyles to master, re-invigorating the team composition meta, and keeping the action fresh.

The Bad Fox Philosophy
Player-focused design is at our core and we are committed to ensuring Super Squad is fun for everyone, regardless of their decision to spend money on the game. That means unlockable content at a fair price, absolutely no pay-to-win mechanics, and our ongoing support for competitive play.

A Huge Thank You to all our Beta Troopers!
After rounding out over a year of beta testing with a series of beta weekends and a 54 hour(!) long stream, everyone at Bad Fox would like to send a huge thank you to the thousands of troopers who logged in and squadded up for the first time. You have been crucial in refining Super Squad from controlling multiple troopers in the beginning, right down to the current build. We can’t wait to continue the journey with you as Super Squad continues to grow and evolve!

Super Squad launches into Early Access on Steam and the Epic Games Store on the 25th of June.

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The Favourite Video Games From Across The World

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  • The number one video game in the world is Tomb Raider, now with over 20 games available on over 10 different console types.

  • Tomb Raider’s biggest fans are in Germany, France and Hungary.

  • Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite score second and third place, with GTA being the number one game in both Asia and Africa.

  • Bioshock is crowned the UK’s favourite video game, having been the most popular in Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow and Sheffield.

A new study by airsoft company Patrol Base has discovered the world’s favourite video games. The research looks in-depth at video game archives across 75 countries to uncover the most popular games across the globe.

Reviewing monthly searches, Patrol Base has ranked not only the best games on the globe, but also the most popular games in each continent, the most liked gaming genre, and even the UK’s favourite video games by city.

Out of a total of thirty different games reviewed across six continents, the number one game is action-adventure classic, Tomb Raider. It scored the most first place results compared to every other game; taking gold in ten out of 75 countries including Germany, France and Hungary.

Top Ten Favourite Global Games

  1. Tomb Raider
  2. Grand Theft Auto
  3. Fortnite
  4. Resident Evil
  5. Call Of Duty
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. The Last Of Us
  8. FIFA
  9. Hitman
  10. Minecraft

A firm favourite, Tomb Raider is also the most popular game in Europe, whilst Call of Duty conquers North America. Resident Evil takes the crown in South America, of which interest in the horror-themed game had been the highest in three out of the nine countries reviewed.

The Favourite Game Per Continent

  1. Europe – Tomb Raider

  2. North America – Call Of Duty

  3. South America – Resident Evil

  4. Asia – Grand Theft Auto

  5. Africa – Grand Theft Auto

  6. Oceania – Spyro

Unsurprisingly, first-person shooter (FPS) and action-adventure games came joint first in the race for the most popular gaming genre worldwide. Action-adventure games in the top ten included Tomb Raider, GTA, The Legend Of Zelda and God Of War. Flying the flag for FPS are Call Of Duty, Battlefield, Halo and BioShock.

Top Five Game Genres Worldwide

  1. Action-Adventure

  1. First-Person Shooter

  1. Platformer

  1. Role-Playing Game

  1. Survival Horror

In a strange twist of fate, the 2013 released video game BioShock proved to be the most popular game in the United Kingdom, having been a solid favourite in cities including Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow and Sheffield. Despite not having released a game in eight years, the franchise still racks up a huge 32,000 searches per month, with BioShock: Infinite receiving an additional 21,000 searches.

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