Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition sales have managed to finally push Animal Crossing: New Horizons out of the top spot in the U.K. sales chart, at least as far as physical sales go. The game was the best-selling in the charts last week, despite only going on sale on Friday.
GamesIndustry.biz reports that Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition sales at launch were more than double those of the original version on Wii. However, the game didn’t manage to sell quite as much as 2017’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which had the benefit of a Christmas window. Additionally, many retail stores are still closed due to COVID-19, restricting some people’s access to purchasing the game physically. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, in second place for sales, has seen continued popularity throughout the past two months despite a lack of stores to purchase it from.
In the U.K. in particular, nonessential stores are only being allowed to open from June 15 onward. It’s only as of today that small groups of people are even allowed to travel and meet up with each other in outdoor spaces. As the lockdown slowly lifts, not just in the U.K. but around the world, physical game sales may see some return to normalcy. But Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition selling mildly fewer copies than Xenoblade Chronicles 2 should not be taken as a sign of poor sales by any means.
We’ll have to wait to see what Nintendo reveals the game’s launch sales were, if it chooses to disclose that.