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Arriving over two decades since the release of its predecessor, New Pokémon Snap is a rather late sequel to the Nintendo 64 spin-off, though that didn’t seem to affect demand for the new title. The game immediately soared to the number one spot in the UK, and according to head Christopher Dring, the game became the country’s best-selling retail game for April in just two days.



Dring explores the impressive sales data further in his article, where he reveals that New Pokémon Snap “sold over four times as many copies at launch than the original managed.” The game’s opening week performed 2.5 times better than another recent Pokémon spin-off, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, and is the third biggest Nintendo Switch launch of the year behind Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury and Monster Hunter Rise.

As for more recent competition, the game also dominated the highly anticipated PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal, which shared New Pokémon Snap’s April 30th launch date.

Besides Snap taking the top spot, other Nintendo titles also make up half of the top ten retail sales in the UK:


  • #3: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (sales up 10%)
  • #4: Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  • #7: Minecraft on Switch
  • #9: Ring Fit Adventure


Last week, we debuted two new original video features based on the Pokémon Snap series, including Tom’s Game Boy Color demake animation and a showcase of his Jason’s original Pokémon Snap Station being converted into a Nintendo Switch-compatible, New Pokémon Snap printer.

For more Snap related news, make sure to stay wired in!


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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!