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Animal Crossing reclaims UK chart No.1 as Cyberpunk 2077 slumps

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the first No.1 of the new year in the UK physical video games chart. Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 leaves the top ten.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the first No.1 of the year in the latest UK physical video games chart. Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 leaves the top ten.

I think we can safely assume that a lot of Nintendo Switch consoles were unwrapped on Christmas morning in the UK.

The first GfK video games chart of 2021 is topped by Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which knocks FIFA 21 down to No.2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe rises to No.3, the Switch version of Minecraft climbs to three places to No. 7, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars moves up to No.8. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe also returns to the top ten, jumping a full ten places. We’d also expect that the strong performance of Just Dance 2021 is likely Switch-related.

This family-friendly shuffle pushes Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War down one place to No. 6 and PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man Miles Morales down to No.11.

Cyberpunk 2077 also exits the top ten, slumping from eighth place to No.15, a remarkable but absolutely understandable decline for CD Projekt Red’s RPG.

Further down the chart, there are reentries for 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at No.36 and Splatoon 2 at No.38.

Here’s the full UK top ten for the week ending January 2, 2021.

UK Video Games Chart – WE: January 2, 2021

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. FIFA 21
  3. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  4. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  5. Just Dance 2021
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  7. Minecraft
  8. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

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