Call of Duty: The Black Ops Cold War may have missed out on first place in its debut week, but made up for it in its second week. The shooter Activision claims number 1 in the latest British charts, despite a 27% drop in weekly sales per week.
This is actually a slight decrease during the start week compared to what we usually report. Call of Duty performed much lower than usual in the UK, but that’s because most users downloaded the game instead. This chart tracks purely physical retail sales.
№ 2 in the rankings is FIFA 21. The football game has decreased as part of the early sales on Black Friday and as a result has increased by 1
In third place is the exclusive PlayStation Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The game was one of the key titles on the PlayStation 5, which also launched last week. We don’t have console hardware sales available, but retailers told us last week that they expect the PS5 to be one of the largest console launches in UK history.
PS5 games were actually available last week, although the console is not yet for sale. Therefore, to get an accurate picture of the best-selling games to physically launch the PS5, we will have to combine sales from this week with last week. Here are the top ten GfK.
|Position||PlayStation 5 Launch Title|
|1||Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales|
|2||Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War|
|3||Assassin’s Creed Valhalla|
|4||The souls of the demon|
|5||Sackboy: Great adventure|
|6||Watch dogs: Legion|
|8||Fortnite: The Last Laugh Bundle|
|10||Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate|
Despite the strong start, Miles Morales’ physical sales do not come close to the original Spider-Man game. Sales for the first two weeks of this new game are almost 57% lower than the first two weeks of its predecessor in 2018. However, it is worth considering the lack of digital data (we will see how significant sales are for downloading the PS5 more late in the week). Miles Morales is also a smaller game than the original and is not charged as a full sequel. However, we should expect it to continue to sell well, as when the new PS5 consoles are available at retail.
All this means that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla loses its first place and falls to 4 after a 70% drop in weekly sales per week. The game was a massive hit last week, with physical sales doubling compared to its predecessor (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey) and digital sales up more than 200%.
In terms of new versions, there are several new games in the charts this week. The highest title in the ranking is Fortnite: The Last Laugh Bundle. This package includes in-game currency for Fortnite, along with costumes and other extras inspired by Batman’s villains (including The Joker). The package sells best on the Xbox (which combines the Xbox One and Xbox series machines), accounting for 32% of sales. The Nintendo Switch accounted for 30% of sales, the PS4 for 29% and the PS5 for 9%.
On No.6 is Nintendo Switch’s new game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. The game is very popular as a prequel to the hit game Zelda, Breath of the Wild, so it’s not surprising to see a significant increase in sales compared to the previous title of Hyrule Warriors Switch (starting sales are almost 324% higher). However, this is not quite at the level of traditional Zelda games. Compared to last year’s The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake, start-up sales are 43% lower. The gameplay of Hyrule Warriors is based on the Japanese action series Dynasty Warriors, which is not sold in huge numbers in the UK. Once again, digital data is not available from Nintendo.
Overall, it looks like another strong week for the Nintendo Switch. Animal Switch: New Horizons may have fallen from №5 to No. 8, but sales have risen 36% per week. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe drops from No. 8 to No. 9, but sales are 39% higher, while the Switch version of Minecraft falls in place to No. 10, but sales increase by 47%. Even at number 11, Super Mario 3D All-Stars enjoys a 2% increase in sales per week, although it falls by four places. Nintendo Switch games have been enhanced by various new console packages.
Sales of Nintendo Switch games rose 52% weekly last week.
To complete the analysis of the top ten, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: Legion is in 7th place, climbing three places after a 149% jump in sales. As with FIFA 21, this is due to the discounts from early Black Friday.
Other big rising black Fridays include Marvel Avengers at №12 (sales up 234%), Star Wars Squadrons at number 14 (sales up 178%) Spyro Reignited Trilogy at number 21 (sales up 276%) ), Fallout 76 at No. 31 (sales increased 248%) and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled at No. 33 (123%).
Elsewhere, the Ultimate edition of Mortal Kombat 11 debuted at number 30, thanks primarily to the PS5 edition (66% of sales), followed by the PS4 (15%), Xbox (14%) and then Switch (5%). Last week’s new dance game – Just Dance 2021 – fell from No. 11 to No. 15, but the game continued to perform very well, with sales down only 1% in the previous week. In fact, there are two Just Dance games in the Top 20, with last year’s game number 20. The older title performed well thanks to the Nintendo Switch package available on Amazon.
Finally, Codemasters’ Dirt 5 once again ranked No. 28. The racing game managed to win No. 38 in its first week, but failed to qualify in the second. It achieved its highest position so far thanks to the release of the PS5 version, which accounted for 72% of the game’s sales this week.
Here are the top ten GfKs for the week ending November 21:
|Last week||This week||Title|
|2||1||Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War|
|3||3||Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales|
|1||4||Assassin’s Creed Valhalla|
|New entrance||5||Fornite: The Last Laugh Bundle|
|New entrance||6||Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity|
|10||7||Watch dogs: Legion|
|5||8||Animal crossing: New horizons|
|8||9||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|