We’re all spending much more time indoors in the meanwhile, and this impact can clearly be seen within the quantity of video games we’re shopping for.
The most recent UK chart knowledge for boxed gross sales reveals that 260k bodily video games have been offered in simply the primary week of January 2021 (thanks, GamesIndustry.biz), up by a 3rd on final 12 months, with 15 slots within the prime 40 taken up by Nintendo Swap exclusives.
Nintendo’s vibrant and cheerful video games are performing notably effectively – which can maybe come as no shock. Gross sales of Nintendo video games have been up by 123 per cent on the identical interval final 12 months, and the top-selling boxed sport within the UK final week was, as soon as once more, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Ol’ devoted Mario Kart 8 Deluxe got here in second.
The multi-platform Simply Dance 3 boogied into third place, with 91 per cent of its bodily gross sales for… you guessed it, Nintendo Swap.
Ring Match Journey, Nintendo’s well-liked exercise-at-home sport elevated its gross sales once more final week, incomes it sixth place within the chart. That is regardless of the very fact it prices £69 (because it comes with its plastic health ring accent).
The Swap model of Minecraft and New Tremendous Mario Bros. U Deluxe each additionally made it into the UK boxed sport prime 10, whereas different Swap exclusives similar to Tremendous Mario All-Stars, 51 Worldwide Video games, Tremendous Mario Odyssey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokémon Sword have been within the prime 20.
Elsewhere, some non-Nintendo video games did get a look-in. FIFA 21 and Murderer’s Creed Valhalla proceed to promote effectively, and charted in fourth and fifth respectively.
And Cyberpunk 2077, which has been slowly sliding down the boxed video games chart now for weeks, was in twentieth.
Here is the total prime 10:
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Simply Dance 2021
- FIFA 21
- Murderer’s Creed Valhalla
- Ring Match Journey
- Minecraft (Swap)
- New Tremendous Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- COD BLOPS Chilly Warfare