Even though it arrived almost at the end of the week, Team Ninja's highly anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive Nioh 2 quickly took hold of UK's physical sales Top 10. The second debutant, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, wasn't as lucky though.
Developed by Team Ninja and published by Koei Tecmo, Nioh 2 launched on 13 March 2020 to what's clearly a really riled up fanbase. Considering the chart covers the week ending with 14 March, this means that the action-RPG managed all this in a day or so.
Depending on how you look at things, it's not all good news when it comes to Nioh 2's sales, particularly when it comes to boxed copies. In fact, its physical sales are 63 per cent lower than the original, whose launch came in February 2017.
That said, not many games manage to beat their predecessors in physical sales these days, which has everything to do with the inevitable switch to digital. COVID-19 concerns definitely didn't help with physical sales either.
Last week's second debutant was also an exclusive, but this time Xbox One's. It didn't make the top ten so it hasn't fared as well as Nioh 2 in physical sales, but Ori and the Will of the Wisps should be doing just fine, not least thanks to being on the Xbox Game Pass service.
Nintendo's Mario Kart 8: Deluxe has had one heck of a week, with a 108 per cent sales increase compared to the week prior.
This time of the year is traditionally slower when it comes to physical sales, but Nintendo don't seem to care as they've got five games in the top 10. And the top 10 is as follows:
- Nioh 2
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- FIFA 20
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Tom Clancy's The Division 2
- Luigi's Mansion 3
- Minecraft (Switch)
- Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020