Up until late August, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy had been at the top of the UK video game software charts for at least eight weeks in a row after releasing on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on June 29. It's still holding steady at No. 5 as of Sept. 8.
The N. Sane Trilogy has also become the fastest-selling Switch game in the UK this year, beating out Mario Tennis Aces, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and surprise hit Octopath Traveller. And it's not like this summer has seen no other notable game releases. Crash's chart dominance overlapped with the release of the newest Madden game and Octopath, which tore up charts in other places like North America and Japan.
The same thing happened last year. The N. Sane Trilogy initially launched on PS4 in June 2017. It sunk its little bandicoot teeth into the No. 1 spot and clung to it for seven weeks. And that was only with the sales from one console. It was not a consecutive run at the top because, reportedly, demand outstripped supply and Amazon UK ran out of physical copies. It sold better than any console-exclusive game since 2016's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, according to UK game sales tracker GfK. N. Sane Trilogy had better first week sales in the UK in 2017 than the PS4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn, which sold more than 2.6 million units in its first two weeks.
It’s tempting to attribute the success of the N. Sane Trilogy on the fact that summer is traditionally a slower time for games. While that might ultimately be the reason, it's still extremely peculiar that its success is localized to the UK, especially since other territories have had different chart leaders.