Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is back at No.1 in the UK physical charts despite a 16% drop in sales week-on-week.
The shooter replaces Pokémon Sword, which dropped 58% in sales and falls to No.3 (Pokémon Sword drops 65% in sales, and goes from No.3 to No.5). It's a pretty good second week for the Pokémon duo, as the last major Pokémon games -- Sun and Moon -- dropped by more than 70% in their second week.\
Of course, Call of Duty is available on multiple formats. In terms of single formats, Pokémon Sword is No.1 ahead of the PS4 version of Modern Warfare.
It was a very strong week for Nintendo Switch. Following a series of pre-Black Friday deals across retail, Switch hardware received a significant boost and so did its software. Luigi's Mansion 3 is still at No.6 after an 11% rise in sales, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is back at No.7 with a 26% rise in sales, Minecraft on Switch is at No.8 with a 43% sales boost, while Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo Games its at No.8 after a 4% sales uptick (the game has been out three weeks, and has seen sales increase each and every week so far, a rare feat for any game in the boxed charts).
That's six Switch exclusives in the Top Ten, with a further eight throughout the rest of the Top 40. Super Mario Party (No.37), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (No.32), New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (No.30), Super Mario Odyssey (No.29) Super Smash Bros Ultimate (No.27), Super Mario Maker (N0.20) and Ring Fit Adventure (No.15) all rose in sales week-on-week, too.
Another big success this week is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game has held its second position after a strong second week, where boxed sales were down just 47%.
Perhaps not so successful is the release of Shenmue III. The follow-up to the Dreamcast classics comes in at No.17. Only released on PS4, the new release sold a little more than half of last year's Shenmue I and II remaster (PS4 sales only). However, the numbers for this game have been skewed by the fact almost 70,000 gamers backed the title via Kickstarter.
The game debuts a place below this year's Football Manager 2020. As a PC title, the majority of sales for the Sports Interactive game will have come from digital downloads (which are not included here). It's the first game in the series to be released in a box using new eco-friendly packaging.