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Last week brought quite a few major retail releases, with the Switch featuring quite prominently. All told Nintendo's diminutive system had a decent set of results in the UK charts (which don't include eShop sales), albeit with a familiar face still leading the way.

In the all-format stakes Sonic Forces secured 5th place on its debut, with the three versions of that game giving it a one position lead over the more established Super Mario Odyssey (in 6th place). It's the single-format charts that are a bit more interesting in this respect, with Odyssey still doing very well in 5th place. The PS4 version of Sonic Forces led the way for the Blue Blur's latest but only managed 14th in terms of single-format sales; pleasingly for the Switch version it was just one place behind in 15th, with the Xbox One version four further places back.

Decent results for the Switch version, then, and last week also brought the system's iteration of DOOM. That release helped the game move up some places in the all-format chart, but in the single-format picture it only managed 23rd place, and was only the fourth best-selling Switch game. It's not a terrible performance, but it's relatively modest considering the promotional push Nintendo has tried to give to the Bethesda-published title. Next week's results will bring launch sales for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, so it'll be interesting to see how that performs.

Moving back to all-format results, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was pushed down to 18th place and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild also dropped back a little to 22nd. In the lower end of the charts Switch was also represented by Splatoon 2 in 35th and 1-2-Switch in 40th.

As for the 3DS, its representatives are all in the lower half of the all-format top 40. Mario Kart 7 ended up in 31st, closely followed by New Super Mario Bros. 2 in 33rd; hardware bundles are likely helping with those positions. That may also be the case with Super Mario 3D Land, which popped up in 38th place.

Good numbers in the top 40 for Nintendo, even if the usual multi-platform contenders (FIFA, Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed) hold the top spots.