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UK Charts: God of War beats Donkey Kong to No.1

Nintendo Labo slips down the charts in a quiet week for games retail

Another quiet week for the physical games market, with just a single new release in the Top 40.

That belongs to the excellent Nintendo Switch platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which debuts at No.2. We say debuts, it's technically a re-entry as the game is a port of an equally excellent Wii U game. Yet considering the Wii U version only sold 44 units this week, we're going to class it as a standalone title.

In just one week, the Switch version of the game already accounts for nearly 17% of the total number of copies the game has sold in the UK (physical units only). Week one sales of the Switch version were 53.7% higher than week one sales of the Wii U version (although Switch does have a considerably higher install base).

The game originally launched on Wii U in February 2014 and is the fifth game in the Donkey Kong Country series, which first began on the SNES in 1994.

That means it is a third consecutive week at the top for PS4 exclusive God of War. The game's sales fell 56% week-on-week, yet it retains the top sport comfortably. It's the first time since The Last of Us: Remastered in July 2014 that a Sony published title has scored three consecutive weeks at No.1.

With nothing major coming to market this week, there's a good chance that the action game will secure a fourth straight No.1.

There are five first party games in the Top Ten this week (six in the Top 11) with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe joining the aforementioned two.

In fact, expect first party titles to dominate the month, with Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition (Nintendo), State of Decay 2 (Microsoft) and Detroit: Beyond Human (PlayStation) all set to arrive during May.

There were a few notable movers this week. The latest Avengers movie has done the trick for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, which rises to No.6 following a 26% sales increase. While a bit of price activity on Microsoft's inventive new IP Sea of Thieves sees the game rise to No.11 with a 63% sales uptick.

Last week's Nintendo Labo products meanwhile take a tumble. The Variety Pack drops from No.3 to No.13 with a 62% sales slide, while the Robot kit has vanished from the Top 40 entirely.

And seeing as it is such a rare sight, GTA V falls out of the boxed Top Ten this week to No.12 (although sales did actually increase 2% week-on-week).

Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending May 5th.

Last Week This Week Title
1 1 God of War
Re-Entry 2 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
2 3 Far Cry 5
4 4 FIFA 18
5 5 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
12 6 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
6 7 Fallout 4
9 8 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
11 9 Star Wars Battlefront II
9 10 Super Mario Odyssey
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Christopher Dring

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.