After being pushed back from a Holiday season release, Retro Studio's Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze arrived in Europe and North America on 21st February. The UK chart results covering its opening weekend of sales are in — reflecting physical retail purchases only — and the platformer has managed to swing a positive start.
The UK all-format charts have DK's adventure coming in 9th place, a decent performance in the face of many multi-platform games; it was the highest new entry of the week. In the single format chart it actually secured 4th position, behind two iterations of The LEGO Movie Videogame and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. LEGO was a dominant theme — back in the all-format results — too, with an extraordinary nine titles in the top 40; it's also worth noting that of the latest movie title's iterations the 3DS version was third behind those on Xbox 360 and PS3 (a solid result) while the Wii U SKU came in behind the PS4 but above the Xbox One.
In terms of further exclusives duking it out in the all-format chart, a number of the evergreen 3DS releases have dropped out of the top 40; just Pokémon X & Y remain, with X in 27th place and Y in 30th.
Considering the all-format and individual format results together, it's been a solid opening salvo for Retro's platformer; perhaps as expected it hasn't defied the odds and stormed to the top, but it's keeping company with franchises and multi-platform releases still selling strong numbers.
Let us know your thoughts on these results, and whether you picked up Tropical Freeze in its launch weekend, in the comments below.