Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Pokémon X & Y the Last Nintendo Games Standing in UK Top 40
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Modest performance in multi-platform releases, too
The latest UK software chart results are in, and they make worrying reading for Nintendo. With 2014 well under way and new releases increasingly arriving on multiple platforms, weekly sales of Nintendo titles — and multiplatform titles on Wii U and 3DS — are being increasingly pushed out of the top 40.
While 2013 was often typified by 3DS games showing their evergreen qualities with consistent placings, only Pokémon X & Y are still carrying the fight for exclusives to the handheld in the all-format chart — they're in 31st and 32nd place respectively, with Y stealing a march on its contemporary. One place above these titles in 30th is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which has made some impact by retaining a top 40 place; that said, it has fallen 14 places since last week. Of some concern is the single format chart that splits up games into platforms, in which these three releases are lower still — between 37th and 40th. The only other game on Nintendo hardware in this individual format list is The LEGO Movie Videogame on 3DS in 29th place.
Many of Nintendo's big releases on 3DS and Wii U are still to come, with Yoshi's New Island and Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney both arriving on 3DS in March. After positive trends through 2013 for the 3DS in particular, this new batch of games can't come soon enough to establish a more substantial Nintendo market share in the UK charts for this year.