Pokemon Sword and Shield Dominate on UK Charts as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Debuts in Second

Pokemon Sword and Shield Dominate on UK Charts as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Debuts in Second

Pokemon Sword and Shield are off to a historic start in the UK and are two of the year's best-selling titles.

Despite outcries from some in the community to boycott the latest Pokemon entries, it seems as though Sword and Shield have gotten off to one of the strongest starts from a sales perspective in the history of the franchise.

In its first week of availability, Pokemon Sword and Shield lapped the competition on the UK sales chart. Pokemon Sword ended up being the week’s number one selling game while Pokemon Shield ended up slotting in at third. Furthermore, the dual pack containing both versions called Pokemon Sword & Shield: Dual Edition ended up selling well enough as its own SKU that it debuted at seventh overall on the chart.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, this is good enough to make Sword and Shield the second-best launch in the history of Pokemon in the UK. Compared to the release of last year’s Pokemon Let’s Go games, Sword and Shield have sold nearly 65% more units. Part of this is surely because more Switch platforms are now owned this year compared to in 2018, but it also just goes to show how hungry players apparently were for a new generation of Pokemon. That being said, the launch of Sword and Shield didn’t outdo that of Sun and Moon which stands as the largest Nintendo launch in the history of the UK.

While Sword and Shield were the most notable launches of the week, EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order also hit the market and has done quite well for itself so far. Fallen Order slotted in at second place in its first week of availability and is said to be the fourth-largest retail launch of the year in the UK. That said, GI.biz states that the game sold 33% fewer copies in its first week than Star Wars Battlefront II did in 2017.

As for other notable changes this week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dropped down from the top spot to fourth place. FIFA 20 then rounded out the top five on the week. It’ll be interesting to see which games in these top spots continue to have sustained success over the coming weeks.

If you want to check out last week’s full top-40 chart from the UK, you can find it below.

LW TW Title Age Rating Publisher
1 POKEMON SWORD PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
2 STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER PEGI 16+ EA GAMES
3 POKEMON SHIELD PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
1 4 CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE PEGI 18+ ACTIVISION
3 5 FIFA 20 PEGI 3+ EA SPORTS
4 6 LUIGI’S MANSION 3 PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
7 POKEMON SWORD & SHIELD: DUAL EDITION PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
2 8 DEATH STRANDING PEGI 18+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
6 9 MARIO KART 8 DELUXE PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
8 10 MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020 PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
5 11 NEED FOR SPEED: HEAT PEGI 16+ EA GAMES
9 12 MINECRAFT PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
7 13 FORTNITE: DARKFIRE BUNDLE PEGI 12+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
13 14 GRAND THEFT AUTO V PEGI 18+ ROCKSTAR
19 15 RING FIT ADVENTURE PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
10 16 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: BATTLE FOR NEIGHBORVILLE PEGI 7+ EA GAMES
11 17 SUPER MARIO MAKER 2 PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
12 18 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENING PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
21 19 SEA OF THIEVES PEGI 12+ MICROSOFT
23 20 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION PEGI 7+ MICROSOFT
14 21 THE OUTER WORLDS PEGI 18+ PRIVATE DIVISION
26 22 CRASH TEAM RACING NITRO-FUELED PEGI 3+ ACTIVISION
28 23 CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY PEGI 7+ ACTIVISION
18 24 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U DELUXE PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
15 25 JUST DANCE 2020 PEGI 3+ UBISOFT
24 26 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION PEGI 7+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
22 27 LEGO HARRY POTTER COLLECTION PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
20 28 WWE 2K20 PEGI 16+ 2K
25 29 SUPER MARIO PARTY PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
37 30 SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
31 31 SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
32 FORZA HORIZON 4 PEGI 3+ MICROSOFT
34 33 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
35 34 SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY PEGI 7+ ACTIVISION
16 35 JUMANJI: THE VIDEO GAME PEGI 7+ OUTRIGHT GAMES
40 36 HELLO NEIGHBOR PEGI 7+ GEARBOX PUBLISHING
38 37 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 PEGI 18+ ROCKSTAR
38 TERMINATOR RESISTANCE PEGI 16+ REEF ENTERTAINMENT
33 39 POKEMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU! PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
30 40 GEARS 5 PEGI 18+ MICROSOFT