Lockdown purchases increase by 33%
That Nintendo Switch and its selection of games sure are hot products right now, aren’t they? Titles exclusive to the system make up almost half of the latest UK sales chart as gaming purchases across the nation increase by 33% under lockdown. That leaves PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 games feeling like their sole purpose is to make up the numbers, with the best a title available on either system can do being Just Dance 2021 in third. And even then, almost 90% of those physical purchases were for the Switch version.
As a result of this Nintendo dominance, FIFA 21 slips two places to fourth while Assassin’s Creed Valhalla drops one spot in fifth. Everybody’s favourite game Grand Theft Auto V moves up to eighth and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is all the way down in tenth — that’s quite literally all we have to discuss this week. Nintendo really is on top as the UK enters another phase of complete lockdown, and it doesn’t look like any major releases will come along to shake things up until Hitman 3.
UK Sales Charts: Week Ending 9th January 2021
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Just Dance 2021
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Ring Fit Adventure
Grand Theft Auto V
New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War