Super Mario Bros. Wonder sales are still commendable. The game is a powerhouse in the UK boxed sales charts, and this shouldn’t be a shock given its incredible success.
Recently released on the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Bros. Wonder has been a huge commercial and critical success. As of November 4th, the game is firmly holding the top spot on UK Boxed Charts, continuing its streak from the previous week, according to the info from GfK data.
On the same chart, EA Sports FC 24 is in second place, meaning that for now, Mario and Spider-Man 2’s showdown for supremacy is taking a breather. Spider-Man 2 has slipped to third place and making its debut in fourth place is Robocop: Rogue City, a somewhat surprising entry that has been received positively.
The rest of the chart should look quite familiar if you’re a regular follower of the UK’s top ten boxed games.
🇬🇧 UK Charts | Week 44, 2023 (Oct 29 – Nov 4)— Pierre485 (@pierre485_) November 6, 2023
1. SMB Wonder (=)
2. FC 24 (+1)
3. Spider-Man 2 (-1)
4. Robocop: Rogue City (NEW)
5. MK8 Deluxe (+1)
6. Hogwarts Legacy (+2)
7. Switch Sports (+2)
8. AC Mirage (-3)
9. Minecraft Switch (+1)
10. Animal Crossing NH (+4) pic.twitter.com/isYQKJrtoN
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes the fifth spot and in sixth place, we have Hogwarts Legacy. The game continues to hold on, refusing to budge from the chart no matter how much time has passed since its initial release. Seventh place goes to Nintendo Switch Sports, and eighth is claimed by Assassin’s Creed Mirage, hopefully signaling Ubisoft about the series’ future direction. Minecraft secures ninth place, as expected, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons makes a surprising comeback at tenth.
Only one new release made it into the Top Ten this week, with Robocop: Rogue City debuting at No. 4. Several more new titles made their debut in the Top 20, including WarioWare: Move It, Star Ocean: The Second Story R, and EA Sports WRC.
In other parts of the charts, Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol 1 plummeted from its No.4 debut last week to No.30 after an 85% drop in sales. Sonic Superstars also slid down the ranks three weeks after release, falling from No.15 to No.26.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder is everything fans anticipated in the return of a 2D Mario franchise. It combines tight, precise platforming with the imaginative flair seen in Nintendo’s plumber’s 3D adventures, resulting in one of the year’s top titles. The animations bring the characters to life, and the Flower Kingdom boasts captivating designs. This Classic 2D Mario action is enhanced with the chaotic elements introduced by the Wonder Flowers.
The story of rescuing the Flower Kingdom is standard Mario fare, harmless but not groundbreaking. The platforming in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, apart from the final level, isn’t overly challenging. While it may not be as competitive as in the past, it’s still solid. However, requiring all party members to use the same badge feels like an odd misstep. Nevertheless, symmetric online play is a welcome addition.
There are occasional minor hiccups during specific Wonder Flower moments, but overall, Super Mario Bros. Wonder maintains a sturdy performance, whether docked or in portable mode.
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