In an age where sometimes surprisingly few physical sales are required to get to No.1, Activision’s Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy has enjoyed a very strong opening week.
The platformer follows in the footsteps of Wipeout and Tekken 7 in claiming the chart top spot, suggesting that the nostalgia flows strongly among UK gamers. Furthermore, in debuting at the top, the N.Sane Trilogy does what no other Crash Bandicoot game has ever managed.
GfK adds that Crash Bandicoot currently ranks 24th in the UK’s all-time most popular franchise chart (which dates back to 1995).
Sticking with the nostalgia theme, the Top 10’s other new entries are both retro franchises. Codemasters’ Micro Machines: World Series enters the charts in 2nd place, while Sold Out’s physical release of Elite Dangerous debuts in 7th.
Last week’s No.1 Grand Theft Auto V slips to 3rd place, despite an increase in sales while Nintendo’s Arms drops 11 places to 18th.
Maximum Games’ The Golf Club 2 debuts at No.27 while Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered manages just 23rd in its first week. Sega’s Valkyria Revolution, meanwhile, debuts at No.34.
Here’s the UK Top 10 in full for the week ending July 1st:
1. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Activision)
2. Micro Machines: World Series (Codemasters)
3. Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)
4. Forza Horizon 3 (Microsoft)
5. FIFA 17 (EA)
6. Overwatch (Blizzard)
7. Elite Dangerous (Sold Out)
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
9. Dirt 4 (Codemasters)
10. Rocket League (505 Games)