Yoshi's New Island Makes UK Chart Début in 12th Place
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Avoids getting egg on its face
Last week brought us the launch of Yoshi's New Island, which was met with a decidedly mixed critical reaction. Despite that its success rests not in reviews but in the final results — its performance at retail and, of course, on the eShop. We have a chance to gauge part of its early performance courtesy of the weekly UK chart update, and the result is reasonable if unspectacular.
Yoshi's adventure has made its all-format chart début in 12th place, kept out of the top ten by two big-hitting new blockbusters — *Titanfall and Dark Souls II in the top two places — and a series of multi-platform releases. Though Nintendo's commercial performance in the UK is having its troubles, the 3DS remains a hugely popular device with an impressive userbase; in that respect this game may have hoped for a little better. The silver-lining is that in the single-format chart New Island does sneak into 10th place.
Back to the all-format chart and we have three other Nintendo exclusives in the top 40. Pokémon Y is in 30th place, lording it over its sibling Pokémon X in 35th position. Wii U title Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is clinging on to a top 40 place in 39th, though with the current trends is likely to drop out next week.
A solid début for Yoshi, if unlikely to prompt many champagne corks to be popped at Nintendo HQ; it'll be interesting to see what momentum it can hold in the coming weeks.