For three weeks in a row now, Super Mario Maker 2 has reigned supreme in the UK sales charts. And, while the numbers have been dwindling somewhat after launch week, it isn’t showing any particular signs of slowing down. It’s been holding Crash Team Racing at bay for this long, after all.
Yet another week has passed, and, yet again, Super Mario Maker 2 manages to keep Crash Team Racing at bay, and remain in first place on UK sales charts, according to Games Industry. Now, true, these metrics only take physical copies sold into account, but still; staying in first place for three consecutive weeks is really impressive. And, besides, Super Mario Maker 2 has sold twice as many physical copies as the original, anyway.
Now, there are a bunch of reasons why this is the case. For one, try as he might, Crash will never be the household name that Mario is. Also, one might argue that the Nintendo audience is more partial to these kinds of games than the PlayStation crowd (citation needed, I know). Of course, the more “grassroots” marketing that the game is getting through YouTube and Twitch isn’t exactly anything to sniff at. Both on the creator side of things and on the player side, you’ve got some huge names promoting Super Mario Maker 2. And, of course, the game is damn fun, and would probably sell itself either way.
As for the other games in the top ten, the situation is relatively unchanged. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is in second place, and F1 2019 is in third. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has stayed in fourth place, while Dragon Quest Builders 2 debuted in fifth place. GTA V is still in sixth place, Mortal Kombat 11 has risen to seventh, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate has fallen to eighth. Lastly, we have Red Dead Redemption 2 in ninth place (down from eighth), and FIFA 19 in tenth (up from eleventh).