Minecraft on Nintendo Switch is UK no. 1 – Games charts 4 September

Will publishers ever learn when it comes to release dates? (pic: Microsoft)

A quiet week for new releases has seen Minecraft float to the top of the UK weekly sales charts, as Mario Kart provides a Switch one-two.

You don’t normally expect many new releases at this time of the year and last week was one of 2021’s quietest so far, with nothing but new stock of the PlayStation 5 to stimulate movement in the top 10.

The PlayStation 5 version of The Medium helped the game rise back up to number 36, but the only entirely new entry was WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship at number 40.

As is so typical of the games industry the release dates go from one extreme to the other this week, with a host of notable releases including Sonic Colours Ultimate, Life Is Strange: True Colors, Tales Of Arise, WarioWare: Get It Together!, and NBA 2K22.

UK all formats retail chart – 4 September

1 (3) Minecraft (NS)
2 (2) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
3 (4) Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4/XO/PS3/360/PC)
4 (12) Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5)
5 (7) Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS)
6 (8) Marvel’s Avengers (PS4/XO/PS5)
7 (5) Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5/PS4)
8 (17) F1 2021 (PS5/PS4/XO)
9 (6) FIFA 21 (PS4/XO/PS5)
10 (13) Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (NS)

Ukie Games Charts©, compiled by GfK

Japanese console chart – 29 August

1 (-) Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon- (NS)
2 (-) Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon- (PS4)
3 (1) Ring Fit Adventure (NS)
4 (3) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
5 (4) Minecraft (NS)
6 (6) Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban! (NS)
7 (2) Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Saikyou Battle Royale!! (NS)
8 (8) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
9 (-) No More Heroes 3 (NS)
10 (13) Pokémon Sword/Shield (NS)

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U.S. all formats chart – July

1 (-) The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword (NS)*
2 (2) Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (XO/PS4/XSX/PS5)
3 (-) Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin (NS)
4 (7) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)*
5 (8) Minecraft (multi)
6 (3) Mario Golf: Super Rush (NS)*
7 (4) MLB The Show 21 (XO/PS4/XSX/PS5)^
8 (9) Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4/PS5)
9 (12) Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare (XO/PS4)
10 (13) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)*

*does not include digital sales
^Xbox digital sales not included

Note: U.S. charts are organised by revenue, not unit sales

The NPD Group/NPD Funworld

GameCentral Top 10 – 2021

1. Returnal (PS5)
2. Monster Hunter Rise (NS)
3. It Takes Two (XO/PS4/XSX/PS5/PC)
4. Guilty Gear -Strive- (PS4/PS5/PC)
5. Chicory: A Colorful Tale (PS4/PS5/PC)
6. Little Nightmares 2 (XO/PS4/NS/XSX/PS5/PC)
7. Genesis Noir (XO/NS/PC)
8. New Pokémon Snap (NS)
9. Scarlet Nexus (XO/PS4/XSX/PS5/PC)
10. R-Type Final 2 (XO/PS4/NS/XSX/PC)

GameCentral Top 20 – 2020

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS)
2. The Last Of Us Part 2 (PS4)
3. Spelunky 2 (PS4/PC)
4. Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (XO/NS/XSX/PC)
5. Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
6. Half-Life: Alyx (PC VR)
7. Nioh 2 (PS4)
8. Hades (NS/PC)
9. Cyberpunk 2077 (XO*/PS4*/PC/Stadia)
10. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4/PC)
11. Doom Eternal (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
12. The Pathless (PS4/PS5/PC/iOS)
13. Star Wars: Squadrons (XO/PS4/PC)
14. Horace (NS/PC)
15. Ghostrunner (XO/PS4/NS*/PC)
16. Paper Mario: The Origami King (NS)
17. Streets Of Rage 4 (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
18. Immortals Fenyx Rising (XO/PS4/NS/XSX/PS5/PC/Stadia)
19. Mortal Shell (XO/PS4/PC)
20. Wasteland 3 (XO/PS4/PC)

The chart above lists our best reviewed titles of 2020 but as usual does not include remakes (with the special exception of Final Fantasy 7), remasters, expansions, re-releases, compilations, games not yet released in the UK, or versions of games previously released on other formats.

*Not recommended at launch

Readers’ Top 20 – 2020

1. The Last Of Us Part 2 (PS4)
2. Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS)
4. Hades (NS/PC)
5. Ghost Of Tsushima (PS4)
6. Astro’s Playroom (PS5)
7. Demon’s Souls (PS5)
8. Immortals Fenyx Rising (XO/PS4/NS/XSX/PS5/PC/Stadia)
9. Doom Eternal (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
10. Star Wars: Squadrons (XO/PS4/PC)
11. Cyberpunk 2077 (XO*/PS4*/PC/Stadia)
12. Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (XO/NS/XSX/PC)
13. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4/PS5)
14. Streets Of Rage 4 (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
15. Horace (NS/PC)
16. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (XO/PS4/NS/XSX/PS5/PC/Stadia)
17. Wasteland 3 (XO/PS4/PC)
18. Paper Mario: The Origami King (NS)
19. Half-Life: Alyx (PC VR)
20. Lonely Mountains: Downhill (XO/PS4/NS/PC)

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