UK chart: Pokémon Sword carves up the competition

Pokémon Sword is the UK’s new no.1, forcing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to settle for #2. Pokémon Shield wasn’t far behind either, sitting between the two at #3.

Nintendo’s decision to release a double-pack has also paid off, with the Dual Edition arriving at #7.

Combined sales make Sword/Shield the second biggest launch for a Pokémon game in the UK, trailing behind Pokémon Sun/Moon, which launched when Pokémon Go’s popularity was arguably at its peak.

Pokémon Sword alone has achieved great things, in fact. reports it’s the biggest exclusive release of the year and the third fastest-selling title of 2019 behind the multi-format FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Even though sales were 33% lower than Star Wars Battlefront II (thanks again GI), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is off to a good start too, becoming the fourth biggest physical launch of 2019 (so far.)

The allegedly poor Terminator: Resistance is the week’s only other new entry, making #38.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – last week’s chart-topper – fell to #4. It’ll no doubt return in the coming weeks, being a Christmas no.1 contender.

FIFA 20 also dropped a few places to make way for the new arrivals, now at #5.

Continuing the theme, Luigi’s Mansion 3 fell two places to #6, while Death Standing descended to #8 during its second week on sale.

The evergreen Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sticks around at #9, while fellow Switch release Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 took #10. Sales of the latter were up over launch week, incidentally.

As for other recent releases, Need for Speed: Heat has left the top ten already, drifting to #11. Just Dance 2020 dropped ten places, meanwhile, going from #15 to #25.

Jumanji: The Video Game manages to monkey around in the top 40 for another week too, now at #35.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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