This week's sales figures are sensational - the current EMEAA Charts report for the 38 week of the year (from Monday, 16 September to Sunday, 22 September) shows a reshuffle at the top of the sales lists. The former leader, Borderlands 3, gives way to the triumph of a Nintendo Switch exclusive - The Legend of Zelda: The Link's Awakening.
A remaster of the iconic 1993 Game Boy title needed less than one week to get into the hearts (and wallets) of the fans. A weekly sales report from publishers (created by B2boost on the initiative of ISFE) shows that Nintendo is doing well in Europe. Returning to a recognized game and adapting it to the modern consumer has paid off - Link's Awakening shines triumphs on the sales lists, despite the fantasic sales of Borderlands 3.
Currently, The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening has a high score of 88 points according to critics. Reviewers praise the beautiful, colorful visuals and the quality of the port. We also appreciated the new Zelda. In our review on Gamepressure, our editor wrote:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is another fantastic game from the acclaimed series, which is at least worth checking out, and may just become a mandatory position for Nintendo Switch.
Europe is not the easiest market for Nintendo (Nintendo's second best title to make its way to EMEAA charts, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, takes the modest 11th spot), but when Nintendo does publish a major title, it will invariable take a high spot in the rankings. In this case, we are talking about the first place in both combined (i.e. digital and retail) and retail sales.
EMEAA and GSD Charts
EMEAA and GSD Charts are weekly sales reports from publishers (not stores). The report covers both retail sales (markets: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) and network/digital sales (markets: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and UAE). GSD charts is an initiative of ISFE - Interactive Software Federation of Europe.