December 11th, 2018, 16:57 Posted By: wraggster
Super Smash Bros Ultimate breaks franchise records to become this week's No.1 UK boxed game.
It is the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game released so far, eclipsing the combined launch sales of Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee.
The game's launch sales are 302 per cent higher than the numbers achieved by Super Smash Bros for Wii U and they're 233 per cent higher than Super Smash Bros for 3DS. Launch sales are also 62.5 per cent higher than the Wii game Super Smash Bros Brawl. All of which means Ultimate is the fastest-selling Smash Bros game in the franchise's UK history.
It's worth noting that the sales only include physical numbers, so digital downloads of Ultimate have not been counted.
There was a Switch hardware promotion this week featuring Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, which boosted sales of that game 45 per cent week-on-week. The title rose four places to No.5.
Over Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the launch of Smash Bros, around 200,000 Switch consoles have been sold in the UK - retailers have told us.
The arrival of Smash Bros means that FIFA 19 loses its No.1 spot, and actually falls two spaces to No.3. Red Dead Redemption 2 holds firm at No.2 for a second consecutive week.
The other big new release this week is Just Cause 4. The Square Enix title debuts two spaces below where Just Cause 3 landed three years ago, and sales are down 61.5 per cent compared to the launch sales of that game. It's the slowest selling Just Cause game released so far, although if digital sales were included, it may have outsold the 2006 original.
The PS4 version of Just Cause 4 accounted for 55 per cent of the sales, with the rest coming on Xbox One.
One other new launch this week was PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PS4, which propels the action game back into the charts at No.22 (sales up 321 per cent).
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