FIFA 21 debuts atop the UK Charts, but physical sales continue to slump

Crash Bandicoot 4 usurped after one week

Despite the proven staying presence of Crash Bandicoot in the UK Charts, this week sees Activision’s Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time knocked from the number one spot after just one week by Electronic Arts’ annual football release, FIFA 21.

But despite this seemingly mighty power play, GamesIndustry.biz notes that the FIFA series continues to see physical sales plummet year-on-year, with the 2021 edition down 43% on physical launch sales on last year’s FIFA 20. It’s also possible that some fans will be holding off for the next-gen version of FIFA 21, which is set to launch later this year.

Elsewhere in the Top Ten, EA’s Star Wars: Squadrons holds fort at number two, while Square Enix’ Marvels’ Avengers drops four places to number nine. As usual, Nintendo rounds out the rest of the premier league, with steady sales for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Ring Fit Adventure, and two Minecraft titles.

U.K. video game sales chart w/e: October 10, 2020
(Chart reflects in-store physical sales only)

1. FIFA 21 – Electronic Arts
2. Star Wars: Squadrons – Electronic Arts
3. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time – Activision
4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo
5. Super Mario 3D All-Stars – Nintendo
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
7. Minecraft Dungeons – Microsoft
8. Minecraft – Nintendo
9. Marvel’s Avengers – Square Enix
10. Ring Fit Adventure – Nintendo

U.K. video game charts [GamesIndustry.biz]

Chris Moyse
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