The Nintendo Switch’s latest UK number one doesn’t have anything to do with Mario or Zelda, as it easily beats Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
Although Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was denied the top spot last week by the Amazon Prime Day sales, this week sees the latest Nintendo Switch exclusive go straight in at number one.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses sold almost double that of the 2013 launch of Fire Emblem Awakening on 3DS and more than double the combined sales of Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Conquest.
Comparing sales of the 3DS with the Switch is clearly not matching like with like but it’s still an impressive feat and shows a continuing rise in interest for the once niche franchise.
It also helped that Nintendo released the game at a sensibly quiet time of year, with the only other major new entry being Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
Even accepting that most sales were likely to be digital – which are not covered by these charts – Youngblood still only sold less than half that of Three Houses.
The final new entry of the week was anime tie-in Kill La Kill – IF which just squeezed into the charts at number 40.
The only major new retail release this week is Madden NFL 20, which is likely to make it into the top 10 – as most recent entries have.
Beyond that though the next major launch is Remedy’s Control on 27 August, after which the summer games drought (which has been markedly less severe this year than usual) starts to come to an end.
UK all formats chart – 27 July
1 (-) Fire Emblem: Three Houses (NS)
2 (-) Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PS4/XO/NS/PC)
3 (1) Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PS4/XO/NS)
4 (3) Super Mario Maker 2 (NS)
5 (4) FIFA 19 (PS4/NS/XO/360/PS3)
6 (2) Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (NS)
7 (14)Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XO/PC/360/PS3)
8 (6) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
9 (8) F1 2019 (PS4/XO/PC)
10(5) Red Dead Redemption II (PS4/XO)
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