Last week brought us Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch, and it’s delivered a solid launch in the UK charts. It had to settle for second place behind Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, but nevertheless the shooter’s arrival outperformed the equivalent figures for the Wii U original. Its debut also made it the third most successful Switch game launch to date in the UK, behind the equivalent figures for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
It was a good week for the Switch’s two biggest hits, too, with both returning to the top 10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe climbed up to 4th place, while Breath of the Wild jumped twelve places to settled in 6th place (primarily from Switch copies). Two more Switch titles made the cut in the broader top 40, too – 1-2-Switch made its comeback in 24th place, while ARMS held steady in 27th. Sales of Switch titles were evidently helped by system restocks and renewed interest thanks to the Splatoon 2 launch.
A couple of 3DS titles also managed to hold on at the bottom end of the charts – Pokémon Sun secured 37th place with Mario Kart 7 in 39th.
It was certainly a strong week from Nintendo UK’s perspective, with key first-party retail titles making their mark. The only downside is the absence of Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star from the top 40, but it had limited stock; for example GAME appears to be opening sales for the game on 25th July, even though it came out in Europe on 21st July. On Amazon, meanwhile, it costs a whopping £59.99, when its download price is £49.99.
Were you among those that picked up Splatoon 2 at launch?