Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the UK Charts’ Christmas No.1

Viking adventure steals hotly-contested top spot

While the UK physical games chart continues to become something of an antiquated measurement of success, there’s no denying that all publishers are eager to claim the coveted “Christmas No.1” spot. This year, that prestige belongs to Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

The Nordic open-world adventure rocketed in sales this week following numerous in-store promotions, usurping CD Projekt RED’s troubled Cyberpunk 2077 and just squeezing in past Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, marking the first time a new Black Ops release did not take the Holiday top spot.

Elsewhere in the Top Ten, Nintendo continues to sit pretty with Switch releases Ring Fit Adventure, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars, all of which have seen steady sales throughout the year since their respective releases. Raise a glass to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has remained in the Top Ten for the entire year, (give or take a week or two), despite releasing back in 2017.

As the end of 2020 approaches, it’s undeniable that the physical UK Charts are not what they were. With the ever-increasing – almost dominating – trend toward digital sales, plus a hell-year of UK trade and import tariffs come Brexit, this may be the final year that the territory’s physical chart scene has any relevance whatsoever.

U.K. video game sales chart w/e: December 19, 2020
(Chart reflects in-store physical sales only)

1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Ubisoft
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – Activision
3. Cyberpunk 2077 – CD Projekt RED
4. FIFA 21 – Electronic Arts
5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo
6. Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Sony Interactive Entertainment
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
8. Just Dance 5 – Ubisoft
9. Ring Fit Adventure – Nintendo
10. Super Mario 3D All-Stars – Nintendo

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Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s and writing about them since the 1880s. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse