Professor Layton's Final Adventure Can't Quite Puzzle Its Way Into UK All-Format Top 10
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Re-emergence of Mario and Luigi U suggest some bundle sales
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy arrived in Europe last week, bringing a close to that particular part of the franchise, even if Level-5 is continuing the Layton name in other titles. UKIE has now issued its multi-platform chart results and, considering the range of big-name multi-platform releases, the excellent finale performed reasonably to secure 13th place. That said, it's clear that the selling power of the franchise isn't quite what it was at its height in the DS days — they've shown a downward trend — so a reboot and fresh ideas may revitalise commercial success.
Call of Duty: Ghosts has, unsurprisingly, seized top spot, though a sobering statistic is that the PC and Wii U versions accounted for a combined 1% of sales. In terms of Nintendo exclusives, Pokémon X reasserts its narrow dominance over Y, with those titles in 14th and 15th places respectively, while Animal Crossing: New Leaf managed to secure 20th place. Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed and Luigi's Mansion 2 are two other 3DS-only titles to sneak into the top 40, in 35th and 38th respectively.
There are a few other Nintendo exclusives to join the charts this week, too. Sonic Lost World has spun itself into 34th place, grabbing a few coins in the process. From a Wii U perspective we have two entries that suggest, to some degree, some minor progress for the latest Mario Bros. hardware bundle — New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U are in 31st and 33rd places.
No Nintendo system releases are firing at the top end of the chart right now, but with multiple big-name multi-platform games that was always going to be a challenge. Let us know what you think of the results in the comments below.