Ahoy Aloy – Horizon Zero Dawn tops UK chart; Switch and Zelda and off to a positive start

Coming as a surprise to nobody, Horizon Zero Dawn has topped the UK chart. Zelda: Breath of the Wild didn’t really have much of a chance considering the size of the PS4’s userbase.


Backed by some impressively high review scores and a huge marketing push, Horizon has become 2017’s biggest seller so far and Sony’s best launch since Uncharted 4. In the process, it also bagged the accolade of Sony’s biggest new PS4 IP launch. Take that, Knack.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild had to settle for #2, reportedly outsold by Horzion by “a comfortable margin”. MCV claims Zelda sales were split 78% on Switch and 22% on Wii U, and it also had the 3rd best Zelda launch behind The Wind Waker and Wii launch title Twilight Princess.

On a related note, reports suggest 80k Switch consoles were sold in the UK within its first 48 hours on sale. That figure falls way short of the Wii’s 105k and the 3DS’s 113k, but is double what the Wii U managed – a mere 40k.

Breath of the Wild accounted for 75% of all Switch software sales last week. 1-2-Switch and Bomberman R did however manage to make the top 10, entering at #4 and #7 respectively.

The multi-format Just Dance 2016 saw a sales boost too, back in at #24, thanks to the new Switch version. Skylanders: Imaginators wasn’t as lucky, failing to re-appear in the top 40.

Going back to the top ten, For Honor – last week’s no. 1 – dropped to #5 while Halo Wars 2 has fallen all the way from #2 to #15.

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