Last week brought two diverse new retail releases to the Nintendo Switch, with the sprawling strategy RPG Disgaea 5 Complete and the 'new retro' of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. As is often the case in the UK charts it's not the darling of fans and critics that always wins the day.
Capcom's HD re-release (with a few new features scattered around) has prompted a fiercely mixed response, but it nevertheless managed to finish 10th in the all-format chart following its launch; that's reasonable if not a barnstorming performance. Disgaea 5 Complete, critically acclaimed but recognised as 'niche' even by some of its most ardent fans, has struggled into 36th place in its first appearance, which doesn't bode well for its long-term prospects in the UK.
As a reflection of how even USFII's performance is modest, two older Switch blockbusters are still holding higher up the chart. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe retains 6th place once again, while Switch sales of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild continue to do a lot of the work as it climbed three places up to 9th in the chart. Likely helped by some hardware restocks in the UK, 1-2-Switch also made its top 40 return in 30th place.
While the Nintendo Switch has added to its group of games in the top 40, a number of evergreen 3DS titles have dropped out. In fact the only 3DS exclusive in the all-format results is Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia; after a relatively strong debut it's fallen 21 places to settle in 26th place.
A reasonable week overall from Nintendo's perspective, with those evergreen first-party Switch releases continuing to shift some copies. As for the third-party newcomers it's been a mixed bag, though for our money Ultra Street Fighter II has performed a little better than expected.