A few days ago we shared the news of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 taking the top spot in the weekly UK software charts, making it the biggest launch of any Xenoblade game. We didn’t have detailed stats to accompany this announcement at the time, but today brings us a wealth of information on the RPG’s achievements.
We now know that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 beat Xenoblade Chronicles 2 by only a handful of units, so it was a very close fight. Even more interesting is the fact that the three main Xenoblade games on Switch sold roughly the same amount at launch.
As far as revenue goes, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 generated more money in their first few weeks than Xenoblade Chronicles 3. As you might have guessed, the previous two titles both had special editions available on day one, which are slightly more expensive than the standard version. The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Special Edition suffered setbacks upon release, so additional revenue was not available at launch for Nintendo/Monolith Soft.
Finally, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is the fifth biggest Switch game launch of the year in the UK. Ahead of him are Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo Switch Sports, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and Kirby and The Forgotten Land. That said, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 managed to sell more in its first week than Mario Strikers: Battle League.
Remember that all of this data is for physical numbers only. Nintendo doesn’t release digital download sales data, so we’ll never really know just how much the eShop side of things adds to the equation.