Apex predator – Monster Hunter: World is an all-conquering behemoth

Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is the first new number one of 2018. Sales were “far higher” 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 – Sony’s PSVR horror escapade The Inpatient.

The next new entry in the top 40 isn’t too far away – 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.

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