This past week saw two of 2019's biggest and most anticipated releases in gaming the forms of EA's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokémon Sword & Shield. The two were both bound to be great sellers and reported sales figures from the UK prove their dominance in the market there.
According to TechRaptor, Pokémon Sword had been the highest-selling game for the week ending November 16th. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order came in just behind Sword, while Pokémon Shield ended up being the third best-selling game for the week of November 16th.
According to The Association For UK Interactive Entertainment, the three above mentioned titles beat out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which had previously been the best-selling game in the UK. Meanwhile, FIFA 20 and Luigi's Mansion 3 came in just behind Modern Warfare at fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Death Stranding also made the list in eighth place, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continued to hold strong at ninth and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 came in as the tenth best-selling game of last week.
In terms of other new titles that saw their presence in the list of the 40 best-selling games in the UK last week, Pokémon Sword & Shield: Dual Edition was the seventh highest-selling title. It contains both Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Forza Horizon 4 was also new to the list at the 32nd best-selling game last week and Terminator Resistance saw its entry at 38th place.
It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Pokémon Sword & Shield dominated last week. While Modern Warfare's fire isn't dwindling by any measure, the Pokémon games are some of Nintendo's most successful, and the releases of Sword & Shield prove this. It is interesting that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order topped Pokémon Shield but not Pokémon Sword. It's possible that Pokémon Sword's exclusive Pokémon are more appealing than those in Pokémon Shield, though there is also a likelihood that "Sword" sounds cooler or more aggressive than "Shield."
We'll have to see if Pokémon and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order can keep up their traction in the coming weeks, with events like Black Friday and other holiday-related sales. Or perhaps they will be overtaken by the ever-dominant Modern Warfare. Of course, we won't know for sure until next week's reported figures.