[UPDATED] Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is second biggest launch for a Crash Bandicoot title

UPDATE (25/06): A reader pointed out rightly that Kingdom Hearts III had a bigger opening than Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. A previous version of this story was stating that Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was the third biggest launch so far in 2019, behind Days Gone and Resident Evil 2, as GfK stated in its report. But it is actually the fourth, behind Kingdom Hearts III, Days Gone and Resident Evil 2.

ORIGINAL STORY (24/06): Crash Bandicoot is back at the top with Beenox and Activision’s Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled debuting at No.1 in the UK physical charts this week. Sales were massively skewed in favour of the PS4, who took 67 per cent of the copies shifted, against 17 per cent for Switch and 16 per cent for Xbox One.

Sales figures for the Crash Team Racing remake were decent but they did not reach the heights of 2017’s hit Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – in fact the latter sold twice as much on PS4 in one day than Team Racing did on three platforms in the same amount of time. GfK noted it’s the second biggest launch for a Crash Bandicoot title though, behind the N. Sane Trilogy.  

Meanwhile, the Top Ten remained mostly unchanged, with changes including FIFA 19 losing one spot to No.2 and Forza Horizon 4 climbing one place to No.3 despite a 24 per cent decrease in sales week-on-week.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 made a comeback in the Top Ten, charting at No.9 compared to No.24 the previous week, following a 15 per cent rise in sales – the title was likely boosted by the release of a big update on June 19th.

Further down the charts, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, was the only other new entry in the charts, debuting at No.17. 81 of the sales for 505 Games’ title went to Sony’s PS4.

Here’s the Top Ten for the week ending June 22nd (data courtesy of GfK/Ukie):

Rank Title Publisher
1 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled – NEW Activision
2 FIFA 19 EA
3 Forza Horizon 4 Microsoft
4 Days Gone Sony
5 Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar
6 Battlefield V EA
7 Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar
8 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo
9 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Ubisoft
10 Anthem EA

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s former senior staff writer. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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