Capcom has just scored its most successful Monster Hunter launch in the UK so far.
The Japanese smash hit franchise has a dedicated by small audience in the West, and the publisher had hoped to grow the fanbase in Europe and the US with a PS4 and Xbox One game [recent entries have been confined to Nintendo 3DS).
And it appears to have got off to a good start. Monster Hunter World is the fastest-selling Monster Hunter game in the UK ever, tracking all the way back to Monster Hunter on PS2 back in 2005. It comes off the back of some impressive review scores from critics last week.
Of course this data does not include digital sales, so the game will have performed even stronger.
72% of physical sales came on PS4.
Monster Hunter World marks (finally) the arrival of a slew of new games in the charts. No.2 is Dragon Ball: Fighterz, also for PS4 and Xbox One. The game sold pretty much the same as 2015's Dragon Ball Xenoverse, but debuts a whole place higher - the highest chart position ever for a Dragon Ball game,
77% of Dragon Ball Figtherz boxed sales came on PS4.
That means Call of Duty: WWII topples to No.3 (although sales did rise 3%), FIFA 18 dips to No.4 with a 17% sales increase, and GTA V slips to No.5 with a 7% decrease in sales.
There were a handful of other new games in the charts this week, with Sony VR game The Inpatient making it to No.10, and the 3DS boxed version of Pokémon Crystal (which features a code in a box) making No.12. That's two games in the charts which are effectively a code in a box (the other being PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds).
Finally, after failing to chart in its first week, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition saw an increase in sales week-on-week, and creeps into the charts at No.30.
Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending January 27th:
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|New Entry||1||Monster Hunter World|
|New Entry||2||Dragon Ball Fighters|
|1||3||Call of Duty: WWII|
|3||5||Grand Theft Auto V|
|4||6||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|5||7||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild|
|14||9||Rocket League: Collectors Edition|
|New Entry||10||The Inpatient|