New releases fail to crack the physical Number 1 spot
Despite the launch of three brand new titles, Electronic Arts’ football sim FIFA 21 has managed to retain the top spot of this week’s UK Charts, at least as it applies to physical sales.
Ubisoft’s open-world sequel Watch Dogs: Legion, Nintendo remake Pikmin 3 Deluxe, and Bandai Namco’s horror title Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope all debuted in the Top Ten, but failed to secure the number one spot, landing at numbers two, seven, and nine respectively. Of course, with the ever-increasing shift to digital sales, the digital charts may tell a different story.
Next week sees the start of the next generation of video gaming, a generation that will likely see digital sales further supersede physical sales. While there will always be a market for physical games sales, via online retailers and the high street, recent years have seen a constant and undeniable market shift towards digital downloads, which is very unlikely to halt anytime soon.
U.K. video game sales chart w/e: October 31, 2020
(Chart reflects in-store physical sales only)
1. FIFA 21 – Electronic Arts
2. Watch Dogs: Legion – Ubisoft
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
5. Minecraft – Nintendo
6. Super Mario 3D All-Stars – Nintendo
7. Pikmin 3 Deluxe – Nintendo
8. Ring Fit Adventure – Nintendo
9. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope – Bandai Namco
10. Minecraft Dungeons – Nintendo
U.K. video game charts [GamesIndustry.biz]