Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was an outright flop in the UK, suffering the indignity of being outsold by boxes containing nothing but download codes for Pokémon Gold and Silver.
On the latest software charts for the UK, Destiny 2 claimed its third (and likely final, for now) week at #1. FIFA ’18 will inevitably dominate from next week and likely throughout the festive period. But it’s what happened lower down the chart that is more interesting.
Project CARS 2 debuted at #2 and likes it’s predecessor, performed much better on the PlayStation 4 than the Xbox One. Pokkén Tournament DX matched the #5 opening of its Wii U counterpart – hopefully the new Switch version will find greater long-term success now that it’s not being released at the tail-end of a console generation.
But probably the major release last week: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite failed to make the top ten; collectively, the PS4 and Xbox One sales achieved a #12 placing on the chart.
On the individual formats chart, the PS4 version of the game only made it to #16, whilst the Xbox One version is nowhere to be seen. Just below Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite are Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver at #17 and #21 respectively. The games were recently added to the Nintendo eShop but since the chart doesn’t include digital sales, their appearance here is solely due to sales of the boxed editions – which contain nothing but a download code.
Despite their limited differences, sales of the Pokémon games are never combined in the UK – but based on their performance here, they most certainly outsold Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. If that wasn’t bad enough, the game also sold less than Ultra Street Fighter II did when it was released on the Switch in May – less than two months after the console went on sale.
We gave Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite a middling hands-on preview back in June, but even so, this is an unmitigated disaster for the game. And to think there was a time when Chun Li‘s face was the biggest problem facing the game.