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Kingdom Hearts III conquers UK charts with impressive debut week

Resident Evil 2 slips to No.2

Square Enix's long-in-development Kingdom Hearts III has topped the UK charts in its first week.

It's the first time the franchise has topped the charts and it's the most successful UK launch on record for the series, at least since the original game proved such a major hit on PlayStation 2 (UKIE/GfK data currently doesn't stretch that far back).

Its sales are more than double that of its direct predecessor, which was released 14 years ago on PlayStation 2. And it's certainly more popular than the subsequent spin-offs and 'remix' versions.

Digital downloads are not included in these figures. Digital downloading didn't exist on consoles for the previous mainline titles in the series, so we should expect that Kingdom Hearts III performed even stronger than what is suggested here.

Because of its PlayStation heritage, it's unsurprisingly to discover that 82 per cent of the game's sales came on PS4, with Xbox One accounting for the remainder.

This does mean that last week's No.1, Resident Evil 2, falls to second spot. The game slipped 67 per cent in sales week-on-week.

Otherwise the Top Ten isn't especially different, with the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and FIFA 19 continuing to make up the rest of the Top Five. Continued sales of Nintendo Switch hardware means that Nintendo games continue to hang around in the Top Ten, including New Super Mario Bros U (No.6), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (No.7) and Super Smash Bros Ultimate (No.8).

One other new game in the charts is the movie tie-in to Dreamworks' latest Dragon film. Dragons: Dawn of New Rider from Outright Games sneaks in at No.37.

Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending February 2nd:

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New Entry1Kingdom Hearts III
12Resident Evil 2
23Red Dead Redemption 2
54FIFA 19
35Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
46New Super Mario Bros U
87Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
78Super Smash Bros Ultimate
99Grand Theft Auto V
1110Spyro Reignited Trilogy

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Dorian Bloch Business Group Director, GfK Chart-Track8 months ago
Hi Chris, hi All. For reference, the GfK/UKIE Charts DO stretch back to original Kingdom Hearts and back to 1996. Kingdom Hearts launched in week 46, 2002 (PS2 only) and made No35 in the UK All Formats Chart. Best chart position was second week (week 47, 2002) where it reached No33 on the All Formats and No16 on PS2 Chart. Suffice to say that in terms of week 1 sales units, KH sales units were only equivalent to around 8% of KH3's week 1. Yes, these comparisons are for physical market, so any additional digital sales will tip the balance even further in the direction of KH3. Dorian Bloch, GFK Entertainment
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