There has only been one new entry in the top 40 chart of physical game sales this week, and God of War has managed to stave off the competition with a third consecutive week at the top of the chart.
God of War sales saw a decline of 56 percent week-on-week but is still a strong seller. The last Sony title to spend this much time at the top of the physical games chart was The Last of Us: Remastered. It’s predicted that God of War will secure a fourth week at the top as well, with no major releases coming up to contest it.
The only new entry in the chart this week was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a remastered port of the game that was originally released for the Wii U. The game debuted in second place in the chart, which is really quite good considering God of War sold 3 million units in three days. The Wii U version of the game only sold 44 units last week. Within a week the Switch version has had 53.7 percent higher sales in week one than the Wii U version. However, the Nintendo Switch already has a much larger install base than the Wii U, which probably has a lot to do with these numbers.
The top 10 sees five first-party titles this week; PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Edition, and Super Mario Odyssey joining God of War and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
There are more first-party titles releasing over the course of the month that are likely to fill up the top 10 as well. State of Decay 2 from Microsoft, Detroit: Become Human from Sony, and Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition from Nintendo all launch in May.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 saw a boost in sales thanks, it’s thought, to the release of Avengers: Infinity War in cinemas. The game has seen an increase in sales of 26 percent, rising to sixth place in the chart. Sea of Thieves also saw an increase in sales, as predicted once the Xbox Games Pass trial period ended, of 63 percent, perching it just outside the top 10 in eleventh place.
Finally, Grand Theft Auto 5 saw a slight increase in physical sales this week, 2 percent precisely, but even so it fell to twelfth place in the chart.