Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is the first new number one of 2018. Sales were â€œfar higherâ€ than previous instalments in the series, and it’s also the highest charting entry so far, beating previous high note Monster Hunter: Generations (#3 in 2016).
It’s easy to imagine MH: W outselling Generations by a considerable amount, and with 5m copies already shipped worldwide, Capcom clearly has hopes of prolonged success.
Dragon Ball FighterZ also had a successful launch, arriving at #2; another franchise high. Dragon Ball Xenoverse was the previous franchise record holder, debuting at #3 back in 2015.
Making way for the new releases, Call of Duty: WWII falls to #3. FIFA 18 is at #4 while GTA V drops two places to #5.
Switch stalwarts Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Zelda: BotW take places #6 and #7, while online sensation PUBG goes from #6 to #8.
Rocket League makes a gallant return at #9, thanks to the recent Switch retail release. Then at #10 it’s another new arrival â€“ Sony’s PSVR horror escapade The Inpatient.
The next new entry in the top 40 isn’t too far away â€“ Pokemon Crystal’s retail release made #12, also topping the 3DS chart.
Square-Enix’s traditional RPG Lost Sphear failed to make the top 40, but it managed to make #16 in the Switch chart. Axiom Verge broke the Switch top ten, meanwhile.