The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD debuts at No.1 in the UK Charts

Fourth Legend of Zelda game to hit the top spot

Link & Zelda are back on top. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has debuted at the top of the UK Charts. The new Switch release, a remaster of the 2011 Wii title, becomes the fourth Legend of Zelda title to make it to the top of the UK’s physical chart scene.

Also debuting this week is racing simulator F1 2021, which debuted at number two. This is the first F1 release from UK developer Codemasters since its 2020 purchase by new owner and publisher Electronic Arts. Last week’s number one, Insomniac Games’ Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, has apparently reached the end of its honeymoon period, dropping down nine places to just hold on to a Top Ten position. Capcom’s Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin has left the Top Ten entirely, and now sits at number 13.

Elsewhere in the Top Ten, Nintendo still holds fort with persistent steady sales for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Golf: Super Rush, and a returning Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. While the UK Chart scene has been increasingly stagnant for some time, we have reached a point where much of the Top Ten has been dominated by the same games for well over a year, further demonstrating the increasing irrelevance of the UK’s physical sales as a barometer for detailed losses and gains. Still, in this week’s charts, the day belongs to Skyward Sword HD

[A reminder that Destructoid will be winding down its coverage of the UK Chart scene this month]

U.K. video game sales chart w/e: July 17, 2021
(Chart reflects in-store physical sales only)

1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD – Nintendo
2. F1 2021 – Electronic Arts
3. FIFA 21 – Electronic Arts
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo
6. Minecraft – Nintendo
7. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – Nintendo
8. Grand Theft Auto V – Take-Two Interactive
9. Mario Golf: Super Rush – Nintendo
10. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart– Sony Interactive Entertainment

U.K. Video Game Charts [GamesIndustry.biz]

Chris Moyse
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