Hang on, is that a Japanese role-playing game at the top of the UK charts that doesn't have the words 'Final,' 'Fantasy,' or 'Pokémon' in its name? No, that doesn't sound right...
Well, pierce me a lantern and call me Mr Drippy, because the PS3-exclusive Ni no Kuni is indeed this week's best-selling game in the UK. To give you an idea of just how surprising this is, you have to go back almost exactly a year for the last JRPG to take top spot in Her Majesty's kingdom, and that was Final Fantasy 13-2. And here's an even more staggering stat for you: by Chart-Track's data there isn't another clear-cut example of a chart-topping JRPG that's not a Final Fantasy or Pokémon game in the last decade. Bam! Have a new trailer to commemorate the feat.
Ni no Kuni's impressive ascent pushed Black Ops 2 down to third, while DmC: Devil May Cry fell out of the top ten altogether after just two weeks, down now in 11th. The other new entry in the top ten is the Hitman: HD Trilogy, which debuted at fifth.
Top 10 UK Software Sales (All Formats); week ending February 2:
- Ni no Kuni
- FIFA 13
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Far Cry 3
- Hitman: HD Trilogy
- Assassin's Creed 3
- Need for Speed Most Wanted
- Just Dance 4
- Hitman Absolution
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 250 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Accelerometer, Gyroscopic
- Video outputs HDMI (v1.3), RCA / composite
- Released 2012-09-25
Nintendo Wii U
Microsoft Xbox One