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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.

LWTWTitleAge RatingPublisher
1POKEMON SWORDPEGI 7+NINTENDO
2STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDERPEGI 16+EA GAMES
3POKEMON SHIELDPEGI 7+NINTENDO
14CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFAREPEGI 18+ACTIVISION
35FIFA 20PEGI 3+EA SPORTS
46LUIGI’S MANSION 3PEGI 7+NINTENDO
7POKEMON SWORD & SHIELD: DUAL EDITIONPEGI 7+NINTENDO
28DEATH STRANDINGPEGI 18+SONY COMPUTER ENT.
69MARIO KART 8 DELUXEPEGI 3+NINTENDO
810MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020PEGI 3+NINTENDO
511NEED FOR SPEED: HEATPEGI 16+EA GAMES
912MINECRAFTPEGI 7+NINTENDO
713FORTNITE: DARKFIRE BUNDLEPEGI 12+WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
1314GRAND THEFT AUTO VPEGI 18+ROCKSTAR
1915RING FIT ADVENTUREPEGI 7+NINTENDO
1016PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: BATTLE FOR NEIGHBORVILLEPEGI 7+EA GAMES
1117SUPER MARIO MAKER 2PEGI 3+NINTENDO
1218THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENINGPEGI 7+NINTENDO
2119SEA OF THIEVESPEGI 12+MICROSOFT
2320MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITIONPEGI 7+MICROSOFT
1421THE OUTER WORLDSPEGI 18+PRIVATE DIVISION
2622CRASH TEAM RACING NITRO-FUELEDPEGI 3+ACTIVISION
2823CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGYPEGI 7+ACTIVISION
1824NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U DELUXEPEGI 3+NINTENDO
1525JUST DANCE 2020PEGI 3+UBISOFT
2426MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITIONPEGI 7+SONY COMPUTER ENT.
2227LEGO HARRY POTTER COLLECTIONPEGI 7+WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2028WWE 2K20PEGI 16+2K
2529SUPER MARIO PARTYPEGI 3+NINTENDO
3730SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATEPEGI 12+NINTENDO
3131SUPER MARIO ODYSSEYPEGI 7+NINTENDO
32FORZA HORIZON 4PEGI 3+MICROSOFT
3433THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILDPEGI 12+NINTENDO
3534SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGYPEGI 7+ACTIVISION
1635JUMANJI: THE VIDEO GAMEPEGI 7+OUTRIGHT GAMES
4036HELLO NEIGHBORPEGI 7+GEARBOX PUBLISHING
3837RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2PEGI 18+ROCKSTAR
38TERMINATOR RESISTANCEPEGI 16+REEF ENTERTAINMENT
3339POKEMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU!PEGI 7+NINTENDO
3040GEARS 5PEGI 18+MICROSOFT
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Logan Moore is the Managing Editor around these parts and enjoys the video game Super Mario Odyssey.

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