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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch sales show why these ports of Wii U games exist


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launched in 2014 for Wii U, and last week received a port for Nintendo Switch. Perhaps unsurprisingly, its Switch version outsold the four-years-old original.

PlayStation 4 exclusive God of War remained comfortably top of the UK chart for a third week running, with Tropical Freeze sliding into second place.

Nintendo Labo, meanwhile, tumbled of the top 10. Its Toy-Con Variety Kit fell to 13th, while the pricier Robot Kit left the top 40 completely.

The fact Tropical Freeze's Switch port outsold the original Wii U release is hardly a shock: there are already more Switch consoles out there than Wii U ever sold. Still, it's a clear indication of why these ports exist - they're finding an audience which did not have access to the original game. And hey, it's a new game from Nintendo's MIA Retro Studios! Sort of.

Eurogamer's late editor Tom Bramwell gave Tropical Freeze a lukewarm reception back in 2014: "DKC is becoming another Nintendo series where quality grows and importance shrinks with each faithful new instalment," he wrote. Martin's new Switch re-review of the game, however, slapped it with a Recommended badge: "More remarkable still is how Tropical Freeze sits comfortably alongside the greats of Nintendo, that venerable master of the 2D action genre," he concluded.

The full top 10 lies below:

  1. God of War
  2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  3. Far Cry 5
  4. FIFA 18
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
  7. Fallout 4
  8. PUBG
  9. Star Wars Battlefront 2
  10. Super Mario Odyssey
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