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UK Charts: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes No. 1 (but it should be Minecraft, again)

For second week running, listing anomaly denies Minecraft top spot, despite being best-selling game for the week

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has robbed Minecrat of the top spot in the UK charts this week, despite selling less copies overall.

The anomaly is a repeat of last week, which saw Minecraft positioned at No. 7 in the charts rather than No. 1, a result of it's various platform versions having different publishers.

This week Minecraft once again edged ahead of Mario Kart by a slim margin. However, it's also worth noting that Nintendo doesn't report digital sales figures, which also creates problems with the data.

Meanwhile, Super Mario Maker 2 held onto the No. 2, with a modest sales increase of 9%, while Crash Team Racing sales were down 19%, putting it at No. 3.

Mortal Kombat 11 came crashing back into the charts for the first time in weeks, with a sales increase of 262% to land at No. 4 this week ahead of new DLC.

Super Mario Odyssey sales increased 76%, placing it at No. 5, and marking Nintendo's third entry into the top ten.

The Switch release of Minecraft inched up a spot this week to No. 6, and is currently the best-performing version of the game.

Though down 13% this week, Grand Theft Auto V continues its unwavering presence in the charts, placing at No. 7.

It's followed up by Red Dead Redemption at No. 8 which is enjoying its third consecutive week in the bottom half of the top ten, with a minor sales slump of 4%.

The Division 2 just sneaks in at No. 9 this week, with sales up 43%, while new release Yu Gi Oh! Legacy of the Duellist took No. 10.

Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending August 24:

Last Week This Week Title
3 1 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
2 2 Super Mario Maker 2
1 3 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
40 4 Mortal Kombat 11
14 5 Super Mario Odyssey
7 6 Minecraft (Switch)
4 7 Grand Theft Auto V
6 8 Red Dead Redemption 2
13 9 The Division 2
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Ivy joined in 2017 having previously worked as a regional journalist, and a political campaigns manager before that. They are also one of the UK's foremost Sonic the Hedgehog apologists.