Releasing in 2015 in Japan and 2016 everywhere else, Bravely Second: End Layer made decent waves before fading away without much of a legacy. Still, it just recently enjoyed a bit of a resurgence in the United Kingdom as the second best-selling game across all platforms this past week, placing ahead of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated and just behind The Last of Us Part II. Yes, you read that correctly. Yes, we are still in 2020. No, you have not been launched into an unusual parallel universe where everything is the same except Bravely Second: End Layer enjoys the sales chart permanence of Grand Theft Auto V.
So, if not because of time travel or alternate realities, why is Bravely Second: End Layer outselling every game but one in the UK? The culprit is a very deep discount at UK retailer Argos. Players were able to grab the RPG for just £2.49, or if they had particularly deep pockets, they could spring for the limited edition at £3.99. Argos apparently had a whole mess of copies of Bravely Second: End Layer to clear out, and this ultra-low price did the trick.
In addition to Bravely Second: End Layer, a few other 3DS games snuck onto the charts. Argos had great success clearing out a few other titles – Teddy Together grabbed spot number 32 and Little Battlers Experience followed at 33 after both were cut to £2.49. Additionally, Metroid: Samus Returns slid into the 28th spot with a discount to £12.99.