This week’s UK top 40 sees four new arrivals. Or five if you count the Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered – technically, it’s a re-entry.
None of the newcomers could disrupt the top of the chart though, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III taking the top spot for a second week. The online-focused shooter is followed by fellow non-movers FIFA 19 at #2 and AC Odyssey at #3, while Marvel’s Spider-Man moves one place to take #4. Forza Horizon 4 also stays put for a second week, remaining at #5.
At #6 it’s the first of the new arrivals – LEGO DC Super-Villains. The ever inciteful GI.biz reports launch sales were lower than this year’s summer LEGO tie-in – LEGO The Incredibles. We doubt Warner Bros. are too concerned though as it’s bound to be a steady seller.
SoulCalibur VI was the second highest charting new release, making #8. Peculiarly, a whopping 80% of sales were on PS4, with the remaining 20% on Xbox One.
Which brings us onto Starlink: Battle for Atlas rather nicely. Ubisoft’s toys-to-life title debuted at #14. As some may have predicted, sales of the Switch version – which features Fox McCloud – were way ahead of the pack. Sales were split a resounding 82% on Switch, 10% on PS4 and just 8% on Xbox One. It may have performed better digitally on PSN/Xbox One – not everybody wants a room full of plastic spaceships, after all.
Dark Souls Remastered on Switch charted slightly higher than the multi-format Starlink, making #12. It also took #2 in the Switch top 20; Super Mario Party remained at #1.
Sticking with Nintendo, the perfectly timed Luigi’s Mansion on 3DS was the final top 40 new arrival, making a mildly respectable #23. It seemingly had no trouble taking no.1 in the 3DS chart.
Check back next Monday to see how well Red Dead Redemption 2 has performed. With slow sales of FIFA, Assassin’s Creed and even Call of Duty, it’s hoped it’ll set tills ringing on the high street.
Published Monday 22nd October 2018