The best-selling game at retail in the UK last week was Nioh 2, a brand new PlayStation 4 exclusive. The game is a prequel to the original Nioh, and as an action RPG it has attracted a lot of fans of the genre for its brutal and unforgiving combat.
Despite Nioh 2 being very well reviewed by critics, it didn’t need to sell that well in order to top the chart this week. In fact, boxed sales of the game are down compared to the original, which launched in February 2017, by 63 percent. The original game made it to second in the chart, but was an unproven IP, and up against more competition than the sequel.
With more Nintendo Switch stock making it to the retail market, the only competition that Nioh 2 had was from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition. The game saw a surge in sales of 108 percent week-on-week, placing second in the retail chart this week, mainly because it comes packaged with almost every Nintendo Switch bundle.
Both the success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition, and Nioh 2, have pushed last week’s best-seller down to third this week. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, saw a decrease in sales of 53 percent week-on-week.
Lower down in the chart, Ori and the Will of the Wisps debuted in thirteenth place. It’s thought that the game will have performed significantly better digitally, especially through the Xbox Game Pass.
The only other new release this week was My Hero One’s Justice 2. The game made it to sixteenth place, which is quite good considering it’s a fighter game based on a niche anime TV show.
This coming week promises to be a lot more turbulent than previous weeks. The launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons will definitely shake things up, particularly with the limited edition Switch console bundle hitting shelves as well.
A more extended list of top sellers can be found here.