FIFA 21 reclaims No.1 from Assassin’s Creed | UK Boxed Charts – GamesIndustry.biz

FIFA 21 reclaimed the UK top spot, having missed out on the coveted Christmas No.1 position last week.

EA’s football game rose in sales by 8% in terms of physical boxed copies only.

That means last week’s No.1, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, falls to No.2 after a 21% drop in sales week-on-week. With the chart going over the Christmas Day period, it’s not entirely surprising to see sales fall for most games. Animal Crossing: New Horizons rises to No.3, despite sales falling 20% week-on-week, while Mario Kart 8: Deluxe jumps to No.4 despite an 8% dip. To round off the Top Five, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War drops from No.2 to No.5 after a 42% sales slip.

The big new release of December, CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077, drops to No.8 after a 57% drop in sales. Remember, this is all purely based on physical game sales.

Other games that make up the Top Ten include Spider-Man Miles Morales for PS4 and PS5 (which holds No.6 after a 31% sales drop), Just Dance 2021 (up one place to No.7 despite a 28% sales slide), Super Mario 3D All-Stars (up one to No.9 with sales down 25%) and Minecraft on Switch (up one to 10 after a sales fall of 26%).

Just Dance 2021 has been a real breakout success for Ubisoft. It’s now just one week away from over-taking Watch Dogs Legion as the publisher’s second biggest game of the year (behind Assassin’s Creed Valhalla), and its sales after seven weeks are 35% up over Just Dance 2020 over the same period.

Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe has enjoyed its biggest year so far. The Nintendo Switch game has steadily sold better and better each year since it was released, which was way back in 2017.

Here is the Christmas GfK Top Ten for the week ending December 26th:

Last Week This Week Title
4 1 FIFA 21
1 2 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
5 3 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
7 4 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
3 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
6 6 Spider-Man: Miles Morales
8 7 Just Dance 2021
3 8 Cyberpunk 2077
10 9 Super Mario 3D All-Stars
11 10 Minecraft (Switch)

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