Nintendo Switch sales are double Wii U, but Horizon Zero Dawn is new UK number one
It’s a been a very busy week for video game sales in the UK, as Horizon Zero Dawn becomes the biggest new game of the year.
Horizon Zero Dawn has beaten The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild to the UK number one spot, becoming the most successful new IP ever on the PlayStation 4 – ahead of No Man’s Sky.
Not only that but Horizon Zero Dawn is the biggest launch of the year so far, and the biggest for Sony since last year’s Uncharted 4. The fourth biggest launch of the year though, behind only Horizon and For Honor, is Zelda.
The huge userbase of the PlayStation 4 meant it was always impossible for Zelda to beat Horizon Zero Dawn, but in the end Breath Of The Wild had the third biggest launch ever for the series – behind only The Wind Waker on GameCube and Twilight Princess on Wii.
Although the Wii U obviously has a much larger installed userbase than the brand new console, the Switch version of the game hogged 78% of sales. Although the Wii U version of the game has been having stock problems.
And although new hardware launches don’t always have much effect on the sales charts, 1-2-Switch managed to enter at number seven in the all formats chart and the outrageously expensive Super Bomberman R at number seven. (The individual format chart isn’t in yet.) [Update: The individual format chart has arrived, see below for the top 10.]
Although Chart-Track never officially releases sales figures, website GamesIndustry.biz has figures which suggest the Switch sold 80,000 consoles in its first week.
That’s twice what the Wii U managed on its debut, and that was in the run-up to Christmas rather than the beginning of March.
However, it was still well behind the autumn launches of the Xbox One, at 150,00, and the PlayStation 4 at 250,000.
It was also less than the 113,00 of the 3DS, which launched in March, but closer to the Wii at 105,000 and ahead of the DS (87,000), GameCube (69,000), and Game Boy Advance (67,000).
Overall it seems to have been a positive first week for Nintendo, although their real battle will be maintaining interest through some very patchy release schedules.
Their only new release this week is 3DS game Mario Sports Superstars, although the real chart battle will be between tomorrow’s Ghost Recon Wildands and Horizon Zero Dawn. Although hopefully that won’t mean NieR: Automata is ignored when it comes out on Friday.
UK individual formats chart – 4 March
2 (-) The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (NS)
3 (-) The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (Wii U)
4 (-) 1-2-Switch (NS)
5 (4) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
6 (-) Super Bomberman R (NS)
7 (6) Grand Theft Auto V (XO)
8 (2) For Honor (PS4)
9 (8) FIFA 17 (PS4)
10(3) For Honor (XO)
UK all formats chart – 4 March
2 (-) The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (NS/Wii U)
3 (3) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XO/360/PS3/PC)
4 (-) 1-2-Switch (NS)
5 (1) For Honor (PS4/XO/PC)
6 (4) FIFA 17 (PS4/XO/360/PS3)
7 (-) Super Bomberman R (NS)
8 (7) Rocket League: Collector’s Edition (XO/PS4/PC)
9 (5) Sniper Elite 4 (PS4/XO/PC)
10(6) Battlefield 1 (PS4/XO/PC)