Knack has outsold Super Mario 3D World in the UK

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The PlayStation 4 made its UK debut this past Friday and has gone on to become the fastest selling console in the UK, displacing the previous champion, the PSP. Super Mario 3D World, one of the best games of the year and possibly the best Mario game since Super Mario Galaxy was also released this Friday – and it’s been bested in sales by a poor PlayStation platformer; Knack.

According to the UK’s ChartTrack, Super Mario 3D world debuted at number 14 on its sales charts. The game has been lavished with universal acclaim and currently has a Metacritic rating of 94.

Unfortunately, it’s been beaten, at number 13 on the sales chart by Sony’s Knack; a platformer that fails to show off the power of the PS4, and seems to be stuck in the mid-90’s. Not it’s Metacritic rating, mind you – that’s sitting at a deplorable 55. 

US gamers seem to have a little more sense; reports are that Super Mario 3D World has sold over 200 000 copies in two days in the US, beating the 100 thousand copies Knack has sold so in the US thus far. Still not good news for Mario though because even in the one place you’d expect  the game to do well, Japan, the game has failed to set charts ablaze and hasn’t resulted Wii U uptake significantly increasing.

Super Mario 3D World was the game that was supposed to save the ailing Wii U, which has struggled with both developer and consumer support since release. It’s really quite a pity – because it’s a wonderful system, and Super Mario 3D world is the most fun I’ve had with a game all year.

Of course, Knack has probably sold close to as many copies as it ever will, while Mario will have a long tail yet.

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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