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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases and takes the top

3. FIFA 19
EA Sports
4. Battlefield V
EA Games
Battlefield 5
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
6. Just Cause 4
Square Enix
Just Cause 4
10. Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Fortnite Deep Freeze Bundle

Source(s): UKIE, WholesGame

Week ending on December 8, 2018, the UK’s Top 10 chart of the best selling retail and wholesale video games, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has released and took the top of the UK charts. Red Dead Redemption 2 kept the second position, FIFA 19 was pushed down to the third place.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate has broken sales records for the Smash Bros franchise, becoming the fastest-selling Smash Bros game of all time. The title shot straight to the top of the UK physical sales chart.

Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu were the last game to become the fastest-selling on Nintendo Switch, a title that Smash Brothers has also claimed in the first few days on sale. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu has slipped down two places this week to ninth.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate sales were up by 302 percent on the sales for the previous game, Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U, and 322 percent on sales of Super Smash Bros for the 3DS. Super Smash Bros Ultimate sales were even higher than Super Smash Bros Brawl, the series entry for the Wii, by 62.5 percent. Sales could be even higher, since these figures only take into account physical sales and not digital sales.

A promotion for Nintendo Switch consoles that came with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition has provided a boost to the game this week. It rose from ninth place last week to fifth, thanks to a 45 percent increase in sales week-on-week.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has held strong in second place in the chart for the second week in a row. FIFA 19 has fallen down to third in the wake of Super Smash Bros’ launch, but it’s likely that it will remain in the top 10 for the rest of the year.

Just Cause 4 is another new entry in the chart, debuting in sixth place, two places below where Just Cause 3 debuted 3 years ago. Physical sales for the franchise are down by 61.5 percent, making Just Cause 4 the slowest-selling game in the series so far. Including digital sales Just Cause 4 would have outsold the original 2006 release. 55 percent of sales for the game were for PlayStation 4, with the remainder for Xbox One, showing a fair split across platforms.

PUBG saw a sales boost of 321 percent thanks to the launch of the PlayStation 4 version last week. The title has risen to 22nd place in the chart, and with a whole new audience to tap into could prove to rise higher in coming weeks.

Darksiders 3, which released only the week before last, has disappeared from the charts entirely.

All games have seen a drop in sales this week since it’s the first real sales period without Black Friday or Cyber Monday promotions. A total of 972,365 games were sold, which generated £35 million.

A more extended list of top sellers can be found here.

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