Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released on March 20, 2020, has topped the UK Boxed Charts once again, for the fourth time this year, despite a 13% decrease in sales. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, released on April 28, 2017, trails behind for the second consecutive week, with a 1% drop in sales.
New Horizons, whose success is largely attributed to COVID-19 lockdowns, sold 31 million copies worldwide and broke the console game record for most digital units sold in a single month with five million copies at launch. The Nintendo title is the 15th best-selling game in history, the best-selling game in the Animal Crossing series, the best-selling Nintendo Switch exclusive title, the second best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch, and the second-best selling game of all time in Japan.
Nintendo almost held the top three spots of this week’s UK Boxed Charts, but Ring Fit Adventure, released on October 18, 2019, fell short of the third spot by just 52 units. The exercising action RPG sales increased 34% week-on-week, but fell slightly behind Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which remained in third despite an 8% sales drop.
Meanwhile, Hitman 3, released on January 20, fell to No. 17 with a 54% decrease in sales week-on-week, while Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthbound, released on February 4 by Maximum Games in the UK, made its debut on the charts at No. 36. The game, an action RPG developed by Cyanide and published by Nacon, is based on White Wolf Publishing’s tabletop RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and is part of the larger World of Darkness series.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury for Nintendo Switch, which features the same co-op gameplay, creative levels and power-ups as the original game but with added enhancements, will be released on Friday. That game, listed at $59.99, is expected to be the best-selling boxed game by next week.
The UK Boxed Charts Top Ten for the week ending February 7 are:
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Ring Fit Adventure
- Minecraft (Switch)
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Just Dance 2021
- FIFA 21
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
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