It’s been a successful week for video game releases, and there are four new games in the UK Top Ten.
The game at the top is nothing new, however. This game is EA’s FIFA 22, which remains # 1 for a second week. The game fell 58% in boxed sales on a week-over-week basis, which is a fairly small drop for FIFA – last year’s game fell 65% in its second week.
It should be noted that FIFA’s boxed retail sales have fallen sharply year over year. Currently, FIFA 22 boxed sales are 32% lower than what FIFA 21 managed in the same two-week period (according to GfK retail data).
However, the game has actually sold better than ever through digital downloads and as a result FIFA 22 is currently beating its predecessor in the UK overall (digital download data is provided by GSD, but is coming more. late in the week).
FIFA’s closest rival this week is Ubisoft’s Far Cry 6. Boxed sales of the game are nearly 70% lower than Far Cry 5, released in March 2018. 47% of sales were made on PS5, 24% on PS4 and 29% on Xbox platforms. The drop looks severe, but even in three years digital has accelerated dramatically, and as we’ve seen with FIFA, it’s almost certainly done a lot better than it looks.
We can be a little more conclusive on the game No.3. Metroid Dread on Nintendo Switch is the best-selling Metroid game in the UK to date, eclipsing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on Nintendo Wii. And that’s without digital sales. It sold three and a half times more copies at launch than the last Metroid Game 2D: Metroid: Samus Returns, which launched on 3DS in 2017, after the Switch released it.
That’s good news for Metroid, which is one of Nintendo’s smaller franchises, but has a dedicated and vocal fan base. This is the fifth biggest Nintendo Switch launch of the year, behind Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Monster Hunter Rise and New Pokémon Snap.
Next on new releases is Alan Wake Remastered at # 5. The original game was an Xbox 360 exclusive, so this is the first time the title has been on PlayStation platforms. And it seems to have paid off. 63% of the game’s sales were made on PS5, 21% on PS4 and 17% on Xbox consoles. The firm said in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz that it hopes Alan Wake finds a new audience on Sony consoles, and early evidence suggests he may have been successful.
The other new addition of the week is Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania at # 8. The Sega game has sold more than double the previous version – Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (released October 2019). With updated versions of the popular Nintendo GameCube games, it’s no surprise that 70% of its sales were made on Nintendo Switch. 17% of sales were made on PS5, 6% on Xbox and 6% on PS4.
The new final version was not a game at all, but a console. Nintendo released its OLED Switch, and the new model had an immediate impact on Switch game sales, which were up 26% from the previous week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (up 15%), Minecraft (up 5%), Animal Crossing: New Horizons (up 4%), Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (up 17%), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (up 19%), Luigi’s Mansion 3 (up 21%), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (up 16%) and Super Mario Odyssey (up 22%) %) have all benefited.
Last week’s new release, Hot Wheels Unleashed, continues to do well, although it drops from # 4 to # 11 after a 50% drop in sales. Deathloop takes a big drop, plunging from No.12 to No.40 after a 58% drop in sales. This game is primarily a PS5 exclusive (there is a PC version, but PC games do not sell heavily at physical retail), and the performance of PS5 games varies depending on console availability.
Here are the top ten GfK for the week ending October 9, 2021:
|Last week||This week||Title|
|New entry||2||Far cry 6|
|New entry||3||Terror of the metroids|
|2||4||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|New entry||5||Alan Wake remastered|
|7||7||Animal Crossing: New Horizons|
|New entry||8||Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania|
|ten||9||Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury|
|9||ten||Grand Theft Auto 5|