Selling more than twice as much as it did on the Wii at launch in 2011.
The UKIE charts for boxed video game sales in the UK for the previous week are in (via GamesIndustry), and the latest major Switch exclusive release, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, has topped the charts. With just two days on the market, the expanded remaster has sold more than twice as much as the original game did on the Wii when it launched in the UK in 2011, though launch sales are still slightly below what they were for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in December 2017.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – which was on top of the charts last week – has, as a result, been pushed down to second place, though Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Grand Theft Auto 5, and FIFA 20 hold on to the third, fourth, and fifth spots respectively. Surprisingly, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, usually a mainstay in these charts, has fallen out of the top 10.
The bottom half of the top 10 sees several re-entries, mostly thanks to Sony’s Days of Play promotional campaign. Days Gone jumps to No. 6, seeing a 762 per cent spike in sales, while The Last of Us: Remastered (220 per cent increase) and PlayStation VR Worlds (145 per cent increase) claim No. 9 and No. 10 respectively. Various other PS4 exclusives – like God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4, Death Stranding, and Astro Bot Rescue Mission – also saw significant boosts in sales, but did not break into the top 10.
Last week saw several new releases that are not present in the top 10. Minecraft Dungeons was a major Microsoft game, but owing to its digital-only launch, does not figure in these charts, which only count physical sales. For the Switch, Borderlands: The Legendary Collection and BioShock: The Collection debuted at No. 18 and No. 22 respectively. XCOM 2 Collection for the Switch also released last week, but was a digital-only launch.
You can check out the full top 10 for the week ending May 30 below.