We never doubted Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury would be successful. Recently awarding it 10/10 stars, 3D World was the last Switch port we’d been waiting on from the Super Mario 35th Anniversary celebrations. So far, it’s doing significantly better than the Wii U edition, selling 190% more boxed copies at launch in the UK and dethroning Animal Crossing: New Horizons from the number one spot.
Considering the Switch currently has an 80 million strong userbase – compared to Wii U’s lacklustre 6 million when 3D World launched in 2013 – this is hardly surprising. Releasing on the same day as the PS4 in Europe probably didn’t help matters, either. Eventually selling 5.86 million copies in its lifetime, Super Mario 3D World was the Wii U’s second best-selling game, beaten only by Mario Kart 8. A great result for a Wii U title, but an average one at best for a main Super Mario entry.
3D World + Bowser’s Fury also marks the third biggest Super Mario launch on Switch so far. These launch sales fell short of surpassing its 3D companions – Super Mario Odyssey and Super Mario 3D All-Stars – but came ahead of 2D entries Super Mario Maker 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
Elsewhere in the chart, FIFA 21 has risen from 8th place to 3rd, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has dropped from 2nd to 5th. Little Nightmares II is the only other new entry in the chart, sliding into 7th place, while Ring Fit Adventure has dropped from 4th to 10th position.
Here’s a look at this week’s top ten all formats chart:
[Compiled by GFK]
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