In breaking news, Nintendo UK are going to be celebrating tonight after it has emerged Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the UK’s No. 1 bestselling game this week.
Not only is this the Nintendo Switch’s first bestselling game, it’s Nintendo’s first bestselling game since way back in 2011 with Pokemon White. This is also the first time a Mario Kart game has been at No.1 since 2008.
Elsewhere in the charts we can see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is at number five, with an impressive 68% increase in sales week on week.
To be fair, it has been a relatively quiet week in terms of new releases, which is why we can see a number of developers taking advantage of the lack of competition by releasing niche/indie titles. New entry Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 debuts at number two, and Bandai Namco’s nightmarish new IP Little Nightmare came in at number five.
Looking further into the charts, Puyo Puyo Tetris came in at number 18, with most sales being on the Switch.
The biggest fall from grace has been Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, which was gone from a wildly successful first place to number seven.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been widely heralded as the best Mario Kart game ever made. While purists may still argue the original SNES entry still reigns supreme, it can’t be denied the latest Mario Kart game is a compelling package, with 48 superb tracks, the series’s best suite of online modes, and finely tuned racing mechanics that haven’t felt this nuanced in years.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s success comes after a string of positive news stories for Nintendo, including the Switch being the fastest selling console in America.
GfK UK Top Ten
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|New Entry||1||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|New Entry||2||Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3|
|3||2||Grand Theft Auto V|
|New Entry||4||Little Nightmares|
|10||4||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|
|1||7||Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands|
|8||8||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare|
|6||10||Horizon: Zero Dawn|