When perusing Chart-Track’s new UK top 40 this morning we instantly noticed that Xenoblade Chronicles 3D hadn’t made a top ten appearance. Our eyes began to scroll down the chart, lower and lower still until we finally we found it sitting at #27. Oh.
We can think of two possible theories for the less than stellar launch.
1) The New 3DS user base is mostly comprised of hardcore Nintendo fans, the very same who already own Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii.
2) The New 3DS user base is so small currently that a mid-chart placing was the best a hardware specific release was ever going to get.
Nintendo titles have a habit of charting highly one week and vanishing the next, so there could be every chance that one week in the top 40 is all Xenoblade Chronicles gets.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin had a far better launch, arriving at #8. According to the individual format chart the PS4 version proved to be the most popular.
From Software’s other new release (Bloodborne, for those scratching their heads) moves down from #2 to #3.
Battlefield: Hardline remains on top for the third week running while GTA V rises from #4 to #2. FIFA 15 then rounds off the UK top five.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the biggest faller of the week, going all the way from #12 to #39. Resident Evil Revelations 2 is on a swift descent as well, plunging from #14 to #30.
Destiny and Assassin’s Creed Unity meanwhile are making their way back up the chart – currently at #10 and #23 respectively – thanks to some hefty price cuts. The former is a mere £15 on PS4 and Xbox One at Tesco presently. Further proof that a Destiny: GOTY Edition is incoming? Perhaps.