Sales of Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are already off to a great start in the UK. Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which was also released last week, is also showing early signs of success, as explained by the folks at GamesIndustry.biz:
The launch of Pokémon Let’s Go had a positive impact on Nintendo Switch hardware sales, which in turn boosted sales of other Switch games. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (No.9) sales increased 94 per cent, Super Mario Party (No.18) sales were up 25 per cent, Super Mario Odyssey (no.19) rose 30 per cent (No.19) and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (No.28) saw a 52 per cent sales spike.
Just Dance 2019 enjoyed a 465% sales leap – rising from No.39 to No.14 – primarily due to the Switch version. The game was included in a Switch hardware bundle that also included Pokémon.
However, Pokémon Let’s Go’s launch sales are down compared with previous major Pokémon titles. Opening week sales of Let’s Go are down more than 60 per cent compared with 2016’s Sun and Moon and are down five per cent compared with 2013’s Pokémon X and Y.
However, there are a few caveats. Stock issues persisted in the UK with fewer than expected units coming in from Nintendo’s European warehouse, which meant some pre-orders were not fulfilled (and many stores were sold out). Furthermore, both X and Y and Sun and Moon launched when 3DS had a slightly larger install base compared with the Switch currently. Download sales are also not included in this data.
Let’s Go is also not billed as a full ‘next generation’ Pokémon game but rather an entry-level take on the series designed to pull in fans of Pokémon Go. Let’s Go is actually a remake (of sorts) of 1999’s Pokémon Yellow, and Nintendo will hope it attracts families and younger gamers. This audience typically isn’t a ‘week one’ shopper so, if Nintendo succeeds, we should expect these games to hang around for some time.
Although Pokémon was technically the best performer of the week, because both games are listed separately, the official No.1 is Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Activision Blizzard’s remaster has started strongly, and continues the firm’s success with 1990s remakes following the impressive performance of Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy.
Like that game, the title has performed very well on PS4 – 75 per cent of Spyro’s sales came on Sony’s platform.
That means there are two sets of 1990s remakes which sit atop the UK charts this week. Nostalgia remains a potent sales tool for video games, which bodes well for the upcoming PlayStation Classic.
Pokémon and Spyro were two of four major games released at retail this past week. Unfortunately, the other two had a tricker time on the High Street.
Here is the UKIE/GfK Physical Retail Top 20 for the week ending November 17th
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|New Entry||1||Spyro Reignited Trilogy|
|1||2||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|New Entry||3||Fallout 76|
|New Entry||4||Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu|
|New Entry||6||Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee|
|2||7||Call of Duty: Black Ops 4|
|New Entry||8||Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle|
|6||9||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|New Entry||10||Hitman 2|