This week’s UK chart benefitted from ‘the half-term effect’ (to quote Chart-Track), with 28 titles in the top 40 seeing a sales increase.
It was FIFA 18 that came out on top, thanks to the Switch version receiving a cut-price. Sales were up a resounding 494% on Nintendo’s system, outperforming launch week.
While it did manage to outsell the Xbox One version, which is no easy feat, the PS4 version was still the biggest selling last week.
Realstic role-player Kingdom Come: Deliverance – which currently has a 67% Metacritic – was the highest charting new entry, taking second place.
GTA V rose to #3, with sales up 113%, while Monster Hunter World saw a slight dip in sales yet still managed to hold onto #4.
Things get interesting again at #5. This is where the Switch version of Bayonetta 2 debuts, two positions higher than 2014’s Wii U iteration. However, the Wii U version had stronger first week sales, by some 25%.
Did hardcore Bayonetta fans refuse to repurchase the seductive hack ‘n and slasher? Perhaps, but it’s more likely that the digital eShop release bridged the gap in figures.
EA Sports UFC 3 fell to #6, Shadow of the Colossus – last week’s chart-topper – plummeted to #7, Call of Duty: WWII and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe both dropped two places to take #8 and #9, and then at #10 it’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
The disappointing Dynasty Warriors 9 made its mark at #13, while Square-Enix’s Secret of Mana remake took #24. Monster Energy Supercross arrived at #25, despite it failing to surface in any single-format chart.
As for last week’s remaining releases, the retail release of Overcooked made #15 in the Switch chart while Atlus’ JRPG Radiant Historia debuted at #8 in the 3DS chart, becoming one of just two third-party titles in the 3DS top twenty.