Nine of the ten best-selling video games in the UK last week were Nintendo Switch titles.
The only exception was FIFA 21 at No.8, which returned to the Top Ten after a 197% sales increase thanks to promotional activity. Minecraft Dungeons at # 5 was also available on other non-Nintendo devices, but 95% of its sales were made on Switch.
Retailers are running promotions on Nintendo Switch games, which explains the platform’s dominance this week.
The best-selling game of the week was, unsurprisingly, the new Switch-exclusive Monster Hunter Rise. This is the second largest franchise launch in UK history. The biggest was 2017’s Monster Hunter World, which released on PS4 and Xbox One in 2017. Rise’s launch sales are 43% lower than World’s, but if you factor in that it was only about ‘a single-platform version (plus the lack of digital sales) the result looks pretty good.
Physical sales are more than double the size of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on 3DS, which was the last major Monster Hunter Nintendo exclusive.
Its closest competitor at No.2 was Super Mario 3D All-Stars. The Mario game collection has soared 276% in sales week after week. The game was released to mark the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario franchise, and as a result, it is no longer released this week. Nintendo has actively promoted the imminent withdrawal of the product, which has clearly boosted sales.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons drops from # 1 to # 3 despite an 11% sales increase, while Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury drops from # 2 to # 4 after a 1% sales increase .
In terms of other new releases, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town debuts at # 15 (again, a Nintendo Switch title) and EA’s It Take Two hits # 29.
Elsewhere, Marvel’s Avengers continues its comeback thanks to new versions PS5 and Xbox Series, reaching 17th place after a 137% increase in sales week after week.
Here are the GfK Top Ten for the week ending March 27:
|Last week||This week||Title|
|New entry||1||Monster Hunter Rise|
|9||2||Super Mario 3D All-Stars|
|1||3||Animal Crossing: New horizons|
|2||4||Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury|
|4||7||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|16||9||Luigi’s mansion 3|
|19||ten||Super Mario Odyssey|