Both Super Mario Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Origins have topped the games chart in the UK, although Ubisoft and Nintendo are likely to be celebrating in very different ways.
Super Mario Odyssey has topped the individual formats UK chart, marking the best opening numbers for a Switch game yet and Nintendo‘s sixth biggest launch ever. Buoyed by overwhelmingly positive reviews and a bumper year for Nintendo in general, Mario‘s latest adventure opened with (“significantly“) bigger first-week sales than any other Switch title to date – even more impressively, it also outperformed the first week of any game released for the Wii U as well.
The launch of Mario Odyssey also saw Switch sales cross the 300,000 threshold in the UK. With lifetime Wii U sales standing at around 730,000, that’s a huge uplift for Nintendo with a lucrative first festive season just around the corner.
The other chart topper this week was Assassin’s Creed Origins, with combined PS4 and Xbox One sales being enough for it to top the all-formats chart. It’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with a game opening at #1, and yet Ubisoft may not be as happy as you’d expect.
Assassin’s Creed Origins marks a soft reboot for the series following the disappointing performance of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate two years ago. Yet Origins sales figures this week were more or less equal to that of Syndicate, even if revenue was greater due to the release of more expensive editions of the game. Ubisoft might have been hoping for a little more following the series’ hiatus and will no doubt be keeping a close eye on it over the coming months.
In the spirit of inclusivity, shout out to Just Dance 2018, which made its debut at #23 in the chart this week. 32% of the game’s sales came from the Wii version (which replaces Just Dance 2017 at #1 on the Wii chart) making it the lead format for the title.