Nintendo is making good on its end of the year run, as its newest releases of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire have broken some records. Combined, they are the most successful UK launch for the franchise yet.
Previously, the honors of biggest launch were held by Pokémon Black and White, which released on Nintendo DS in 2011. That pairing arrived at the end of the DS’ natural life cycle, when its user base is at its largest, so that likely helped.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire came in at the sixth and seventh place on the UK software charts respectively. Combined, they would’ve taken the third spot, over the Grand Theft Auto V remake that was still the top seller last week.
The duo’s previous iteration, Pokémon X and Y, debuted higher on number three and four. Still, the new launch managed to combine a 17% total increase in sales over its predecessor.
It’s interesting to see Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire fare so well, since it’s technically a remake of a Game Boy Advance game. In turn, Pokémon X and Y were not only original releases, but also the first 3DS titles to sizably change the model for the series in quite a while.
Sadly, Nintendo can’t share the same success for Super Smash Bros, which comes in at a lowly number 13 for its Wii U release.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are the only novelties in the UK charts top ten. At number 18, LittleBigPlanet 3 completes the top twenty’s only new titles.