The Pokémon photography game was top of this week’s GfK Chart-Track physical games chart, while the PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal was second.
Even looking at the raw money made, New Pokémon Snap (RRP £44.99) made double what Returnal (RRP £70) did.
Of course, there are more Nintendo Switch consoles sold in the UK, and this does not factor in digital sales. But Returnal’s tally is below the typical sales total of a PlayStation-promoted exclusive.
And, to be fair, New Pokémon Snap has performed well. It’s sales are not comparable to a mainline Pokémon game launch, but GamesIndustry.biz notes they are 2.5 times larger than Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, the last Nintendo Switch Pokémon spin-off, and four times those of the original Pokémon Snap back on N64.
Six of the top 10 boxed games this week were Nintendo Switch exclusives. Here’s the rundown:
- New Pokémon Snap
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Furry
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- FIFA 21
- Minecraft: Nintendo Switch edition
- Ring Fit Adventure
- COD BLOPS Cold War