Last week saw the UK enter government-mandated lockdown once again, as the nation severely struggles to subdue the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown led to a spike in video game sales, as UK citizens prepared to spend several more weeks indoors.
Overall, the boost in physical purchases didn’t make a world of difference to the UK Charts, which sees Electronic Arts’ football simulator FIFA 21 retain the number one spot for a fifth consecutive week. Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons managed to clamber back up to number two, pushing out Ubisoft’s open-world adventure Watch Dogs: Legion, which appears to have peaked – at least physically – after just one week of release.
Animal Crossing is not the only Nintendo brand to appear in the Top Ten, as veteran entries Super Mario 8 Deluxe, Ring Fit Adventure, Super Mario 3D All-Stars all continue to shift copies on a week-by-week basis. Perhaps the only real news of note this week is the debut of L.O.L Surprise! Remix: We Rule the World, with the mega-popular gacha doll brand poking its wide-ass head into the premier league.
This is the final UK Chart listing of the current generation. While physical PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One titles will continue to sell way into the foreseeable future and beyond, the PS5 and Xbox Series X platforms are expected to raise the bar on digital purchases.
U.K. video game sales chart w/e: November 7, 2020
(Chart reflects in-store physical sales only)
1. FIFA 21 – Electronic Arts
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
4. Watch Dogs: Legion – Ubisoft
5. Minecraft – Nintendo
6. Super Mario 3D All-Stars – Nintendo
7. Ring Fit Adventure – Nintendo
8. Minecraft Dungeons – Nintendo
9. Grand Theft Auto V – Take-Two Interactive
10. L.O.L. Surprise! Remix: We Rule the World – Nighthawk Interactive
U.K. video game charts [GamesIndustry.biz]