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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Squeezes Into UK All-Format Top 10

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The third highest selling single-platform title of the week

While the status of top-selling 3DS game was assured for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in its début week, where it would stack up in the UK all-format chart was in far greater doubt. The Xbox One launched in various territories worldwide — including the UK — on the same day as the 3DS title, so plenty of multi-platform titles had a boost due to One versions, as well as a number of major exclusives for the new system.

Against this onslaught of new hardware and eager day one buyers, A Link Between Worlds has achieved a reasonable 9th place in the all-format results, with six of the top ten being big-name multi-platform titles. Of the new single-format releases the 3DS entry is third, behind One titles Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3; Nintendo's title did finish ahead of Crytek's Ryse: Son of Rome. Momentum may be interesting, with Zelda titles perhaps being considered as "evergreen" while launch releases are often less so — however, the PS4 launches in the UK this week, bringing further competition to the table.

A number of other 3DS titles make an appearance, the best performer being Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy in 18th place; Pokémon X & Y stick together once again in 20th and 21st (X wins the face-off) while Animal Crossing: New Leaf is 23rd. Going further down the list we have Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask in 35th, Luigi's Mansion 2 in 37th and Mario Kart 7 in 39th. Multi-format Nintendo exclusives are also in the lower reaches, with Monster High: 13 Wishes in 30th and DS / 3DS game Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed rounding off the top 40.

Wii U exclusive appearances are limited, once again, to New Super Luigi U (29th) and New Super Mario Bros. U (31st) — once again bundles such as the Mario Mega Bundle will be playing a part in those results. Next week will bring Super Mario 3D World to the UK and Europe as a whole, with Nintendo clearly hoping that it'll help deliver a boost in hardware sales.

With the PS4 arriving next week it'll be interesting to see how Zelda holds up, where Mario makes his début, and the momentum of those Xbox One launch titles. The shopping season is getting serious.


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readyletsgo said:

I would like to think, everyone who picked up their Xbone last friday will be picking up Zelda over the coming weeks and the same for this Friday, with the PS4 launch, Mario will sell well but more people will pick up a week or two after that.

Sure it'll all be grand



Peach64 said:

Great week for handheld gaming with Link Between Worlds and Tearaway. Glad to see they both got top spot on their respective charts. People are going to spend a lot of money on gaming this Christmas.



Shiryu said:

It's my GOTY! So much and so good and it fits in your pocket. Impressive useage of the 3D effect as well.



Goginho said:

I just gotta say, I'm lovin' the game. Didn't expect otherwise
When Nintendo delivers, then they deliver.



unrandomsam said:

Is Forza not a pack in game ? (Don't think pack in games should be included regardless of whether it is Nintendo or not).

No eshop figures either.



Peach64 said:

Packs in have always been included. MCV are saying the Xbox One UK sales are just a few thousand behind the Wii U. By this time next week, Wii U could be in 3rd place despite the year head start. Hopefully if that happens it will stop Nintendo having this attitude of 'it will be fine in the end, we don't need to do anything'. Of course Mario is next weekend, for most people the first game on Wii U they actually want to play! So that could be another twist.



ledreppe said:

I wish NL would do lists, instead of making me read through all that text. It'll be interesting to see where SM3DW comes in next week. My guess is that like the new Zelda on 3DS it's an evergreen title, and may not get into the top 3 all format chart in it's first week, but remain in the top 40 for a lot longer than many PS4 and Xbone launch titles. I'll be getting a PS4 this week with Knack, woohoo!



JuanitoShet said:

I don't remember the last time the holiday season was THIS stacked with so many things gaming. (o_o)

Millions of wallets will shed tears, poor unfortunate souls.



AdanVC said:

Very smart from Nintendo to release Zelda ALBW on the same day as the Xbox One and Super Mario 3D World on the same day as the PS4 on Europe if you think about it.



ReigningSemtex said:

It's games like zelda albw, pokemon X and Y, new super luigi u and Super Mario 3d world that has stopped me from saving for a ps4 or Xbox one and I don't regret it at all I will get the new consoles next year when there is a more desirable games library.



StricknitDex said:

Amazing for such a game squeezing alongisde a new-released platform.

By the way, next week will be one of the biggest on the UK Market.



JayMiller1988 said:

Software-wise Nintendo will hold it's own. Console units sold is where PS4 will undoubtedly thrive on the 29th.

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