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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe first in UK, Minecraft best but loses again

Published: 21:14, 28 August 2019
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Best-selling Switch game
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Best-selling Switch game
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Even though the numbers are pretty clear that Minecraft has been the best selling game for the second week in a row, the fact that its different versions have different publishers has once again robbed Mojang's game of first place.

Granted, we're sure Mojang won't mind as long as the sales are booming, but it's a bit unfair that different platform publishers are enough to skew the actual big picture. 

And, just like last week, the actual big picture is that Minecraft has won two weeks in a row, although this time it only narrowly beat Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

If it's any consolation to Nintendo fanboys, Nintendo's digital sales probably would've swung this difference back into Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's favour, and its 9 per cent increase was enough to jump from last week's third to first place.

Super Mario Maker 2 hung around in second place, whereas last week's winner, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, dropped to third place on the back of a 19 per cent sales dip.

Mortal Kombat 11 is heading for a DLC but even if we didn't know that, you'd know there's something going on in NetherRealm's realm.

Namely, the popular fighting game jumped up 36 positions, from last week's 40th place to this week's fourth. The game's sales soared by impressive 262 per cent - a no small feat and definitely a good indicator of the excitement around the upcoming DLC. 

Super Mario Odyssey also leapfrogged a bunch of titles, although its jump from 14th to 5th place pales in comparison with MK11's jump. Nevertheless, the game reported a 76 per cent sales increase.

Poor Minecraft, the Switch edition, had to settle for sixth place, which is an improvement over last week's seventh place, but it's pretty unfair.

Microsoft Two Minecraft: Java Edition characters, a dog and game logo Minecraft

The only new entry in the list is Yu Gi Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, which came in 10th place. The remainder of the list is as follows:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Minecraft / Nintendo Switch
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Division 2
  • Yu Gi Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution

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