FIFA 21 is the UK’s Top Seller for the Week but Physical Sales Have Sharply Declined

FIFA 21 is the UK’s Top Seller for the Week but Physical Sales Have Sharply Declined

FIFA 21 has unsurprisingly gotten off to a fast start in the United Kingdom, but the game's physical sales have taken a sharp dip year over year.

If you follow video game sales around the globe whatsoever, you’re likely well aware that those folks over in the UK really like themselves some FIFA. With the latest edition in EA’s ongoing series, FIFA 21, releasing this past week, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the game is getting off to a quick start, even if sales seem to be a bit down this year compared to last.

FIFA 21 in its debut week has already shot to the top of the video game sales charts over in the UK, surpassing that of Star Wars: Squadrons and Crash Bandicoot 4 in the process. Ukie, which tracks the sales information in the region, states that 3.6 million players were already in the game within the first 24-hours of FIFA 21’s launch. By all accounts, EA has seemed to find early success with this year’s entry, although there are some other interesting developments.

In a report from GamesIndustry.biz, it is said that FIFA 21’s physical sales actually took a pretty sharp dive in the game’s debut week this year. Compared to last year’s installment, FIFA 21 had physical sales that were down by 42%. That’s a pretty hefty margin, although there are a variety of reasons as to why it could make sense.

For starters, digital sales are always on the rise, so many more could have opted to purchase the title in this manner this season. Additionally, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X both set to drop in about one month, more prospective players could be holding off on snagging FIFA 21 until the next-gen consoles finally release.

Whatever the reason, though, FIFA 21 is surely not in trouble. In fact, if you keep following these weekly sales charts in the UK specifically over the next year, FIFA will likely be the most reoccurring title in the top spot, perhaps other than this year’s Call of Duty entry.

To check out the full top-40 list from last week, you can find it below.

LW TW Title Age Rating Label
1 FIFA 21 PEGI 3+ EA SPORTS
2 2 STAR WARS: SQUADRONS PEGI 12+ EA GAMES
1 3 CRASH BANDICOOT 4: IT’S ABOUT TIME PEGI 7+ ACTIVISION
4 4 ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
3 5 SUPER MARIO 3D ALL-STARS PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
6 6 MARIO KART 8 DELUXE PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
8 7 MINECRAFT PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
7 8 MINECRAFT DUNGEONS PEGI 7+ MOJANG
5 9 MARVEL’S AVENGERS PEGI 16+ SQUARE ENIX
13 10 RING FIT ADVENTURE PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
12 11 GRAND THEFT AUTO V PEGI 18+ ROCKSTAR
11 12 TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER 1 + 2 PEGI 12+ ACTIVISION
15 13 SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
10 14 MAFIA TRILOGY PEGI 18+ 2K
24 15 51 WORLDWIDE GAMES PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
18 16 LUIGI’S MANSION 3 PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
22 17 JUST DANCE 2020 PEGI 3+ UBISOFT
19 18 POKEMON SWORD PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
17 19 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
14 20 CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY PEGI 7+ ACTIVISION
23 21 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U DELUXE PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
20 22 LEGO HARRY POTTER COLLECTION PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
30 23 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 PEGI 18+ ROCKSTAR
29 24 SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
37 25 EA SPORTS UFC 4 PEGI 16+ EA SPORTS
25 26 MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020 PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
9 27 MAFIA: DEFINITIVE EDITION PEGI 18+ 2K
38 28 SUPER MARIO PARTY PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
32 29 CARS 3: DRIVEN TO WIN PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
26 30 FIFA 20 PEGI 3+ EA SPORTS
33 31 PLAYSTATION VR WORLDS PEGI 16+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
36 32 SHAUN THE SHEEP: HOME SHEEP HOME – FARMAGEDDON PEGI 3+ PLAY IT
31 33 PGA TOUR 2K21 PEGI 3+ 2K
21 34 WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS PEGI 12+ 2K
35 SONIC MANIA PLUS PEGI 3+ SEGA
35 36 PAPER MARIO: THE ORIGAMI KING PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
28 37 GHOST OF TSUSHIMA PEGI 18+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
40 38 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2 PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
39 RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD PEGI 18+ CAPCOM
40 MARIO + RABBIDS KINGDOM BATTLE PEGI 7+ UBISOFT