Nintendo’s rule of the UK physical chart has been broken by the very game it dethroned, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. Super Mario Maker 2 has fallen to third place in the chart behind both Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled in the top spot, and a brand new release, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, which debuted in second place in the chart.
The Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise was previously owned by Activision, however this third game in the series was developed by Team Ninja, and published by Nintendo exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The last game in the series, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, released in 2009, and sold a third more units that this latest release. However, this third release in the series was exclusive to Nintendo Switch, while previous titles launched for multiple platforms. It’s also likely that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 has sold incredibly well digitally, though Nintendo don’t share their digital sales data so that won’t be known for some time.
Only 500 units separate Super Mario Maker 2 from Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled this week.
This week there are two Marvel games and three Nintendo games in the top ten. Marvel’s Spider-Man shot up from twenty-first place to ninth this week, with sales increasing by 173 percent week-on-week. This and other games have also seen a sales boost from Amazon Prime Day sales.
Red Dead Redemption 2 saw a sales boost of 142 percent, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 saw a boost of 310 percent, and FIFA 19 saw a boost of 219 percent week-on-week. In fact, 34 of the top 40 games saw a sales boost this week, with 41 percent more games sold during this week than the previous one.
A more extended list of top sellers can be found here.