Games Industry Portal shared information on UK retail sales of games from 3 to 9 October 2021. The reporting period was marked by several loud debuts at once.
The first notable new release of the week was Far Cry 6. Another Ubisoft shooter in the open world is in second place, yielding to the starting result of the last part by a little less than 70%.
As noted in Games Industry, in digital format, Far Cry 6 almost certainly performed better than its predecessor. FIFA 22 found itself in exactly the same situation, which retained its leadership in the ranking.
Ranked at number three, Metroid Dread had the best start in the series’ history, eclipsing the previous record holder – Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for Wii – and three and a half times ahead of Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS.
That being said, Metroid isn’t Nintendo’s biggest franchise, and Dread’s launch was only the fifth largest in a year for the Switch, behind Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Monster Hunter Rise, and New Pokemon Snap.
Alan Wake Remastered debuted in fifth place and was most popular on PlayStation consoles, where the original Alan Wake did not look, and Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania started from eighth.
As for the releases of the past weeks, the Hot Wheels Unleashed arcade racing game dropped from fourth to 11th position, and the roguelike shooter Deathloop was on the verge of being out of the top 40.
The top 10 UK retail charts from October 3-9 are as follows (last week’s result is shown in parentheses):
- FIFA 22 (1);
- Far Cry 6 (new);
- Metroid Dread (new)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2);
- Alan Wake Remastered (new);
- Minecraft (5);
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (7);
- Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (new);
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (10);
- Grand Theft Auto V (9).