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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is UK's fourth-biggest boxed Pokémon launch ever

Monster hit.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus has become another big sales success story for the franchise - just two months after last November's Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Indeed, Legends: Arceus shifted more boxed copies in the UK than last year's pair of remakes, and is now the fourth-biggest boxed Pokémon launch in the UK of all time - behind Sun/Moon, Sword/Shield and Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby.

When you look at Pokémon games not launched as part of a pair, Legends: Arceus is the biggest ever release - a record previously held since 2000 by Pokémon Yellow on Game Boy (thanks, GamesIndustry.biz).

As ever, these are GfK chart figures which do not include digital sales - and Nintendo does not disclose weekly download figures.

"Inspired as much by Pokémon Go as it is Breath of the Wild, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is flimsy and compulsive - and exhilaratingly new," Chris Tapsell wrote in Eurogamer's Pokémon Legends Arceus review.

Elsewhere in last week's chart, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection arrived in fifth place. Maximum Games' Rugby 22 arrived in 33rd.

  1. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  2. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  3. FIFA 22
  4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  5. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  6. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  7. Minecraft (Switch)
  8. COD: Vanguard
  9. GTA5
  10. Just Dance 2022
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