Codemasters’ latest puts the pedal to the metal
In a surprising turn of events, Nintendo remaster The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has already been pushed off of the top spot of the UK Charts, replaced by Electronic Arts finely-polished simulator F1 2021. The asphalt-burning racer launched on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC platforms on July 16, but jammed the accelerator in order to hit #1 in its second week of release, a regular occurrence for niche sports titles in the UK retail market.
Elsewhere in the Top Ten, a fresh influx of PS5 shipments has seen both Insomniac Games’ Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Spider-Man: Miles Morales receive a major sales boost, depositing both titles at numbers three and six respectively. Outside of the premier league, the PS5 editions of Capcom’s Resident Evil Village, Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Square Enix Marvel’s Avengers all saw sales spikes. A solid week for physical PS5 game sales.
Nintendo still maintains dominance of the UK’s Top Ten, as they have done for a little over a year now. Old and new titles including Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Minecraft, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury continue to enjoy steady sales since launch, making up the majority of the UK Charts Top Ten scene since way back in 2019. With the next run of major releases not really expected until fall, this is likely to remain the general picture of the UK charts’ stagnancy for the coming months, whether F1 2021 remains in pole position for a second week or otherwise.
[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 24, 2021
(Chart reflects in-store physical sales only)
1. F1 2021 – Electronic Arts
2. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD – Nintendo
3. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart– Sony Interactive Entertainment
4. FIFA 21 – Electronic Arts
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
6. Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Sony Interactive Entertainment
7. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo
8. Minecraft – Nintendo
9. Grand Theft Auto V – Take-Two Interactive
10. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – Nintendo
U.K. Video Game Charts [GamesIndustry.biz]