Nintendo Titles Struggle for a Presence in UK Charts
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Layton vs. Ace Attorney drops out, Yoshi and Pokémon hang on
Nintendo's had some reasonable weeks in the UK physical retail sales charts, with titles such as Yoshi's New Island and Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney making solid starts despite having plenty of big-budget multiplatform titles in opposition. It seems the momentum is dipping for the 3DS titles, however, with the top 40 having little in positive news for the big N.
In the all-format charts just two Nintendo exclusives make the list, Pokémon X in 35th place — Y doesn't make it — and Yoshi's New Island in 39th after falling a further eight places; unfortunately Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright's spin-off has endured a rapid departure after a satisfying opening period.
The single format chart perhaps brings more concern, however, with no games on Nintendo systems at all. LEGO The Hobbit arrived on multiple platforms last week and across all formats makes it début in second place — unfortunately neither the Wii U or 3DS version has made it into the single format top 40, while equivalent releases on Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One did arrive. The absence of the 3DS version is a surprise, as the LEGO games do typically perform well on the portable system.
Nintendo does have a number of major releases on the way in May — Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe on 3DS, with Mario Kart 8 arriving on Wii U. All three of those titles will no doubt carry expectations of strong initial sales and consistent long-term results, too.