FIFA 16 shoots and scores, but sales were down from FIFA 15

Coming as a surprise to nobody, FIFA 16 is the UK’s new number one. What is slightly surprising though is that sales are down 7% from FIFA 15.

EA didn’t see a similar dip in revenue however as sales of the more expensive Deluxe/Ultimate Team editions were higher this year. That exclusive ‘Bailando Robot’ celebration animation must have been too hard to resist. The usually cheaper last-gen versions only accounted for 19% of sales compared to last year’s 45% too.

Skylanders SuperChargers meanwhile sees Activision’s annual franchise on the rise. It arrived at #4 in the UK chart, three positions higher than last year’s Trap Team. Chart-Track claims that it generated their panel of retailers £1m last week. The Xbox 360 version was the biggest selling, followed by Wii U.

The far better than expected Blood Bowl 2 was the only other top 40 new entry, arriving at a respectable #15.

With FIFA 16 on top Destiny: The Taken King falls to #2. Forza 6 Motorsport drops also drops a single position, now at #3. Skylanders SuperChargers is at #4, and then at #5 it’s Metal Gear Solid V.

Super Mario Maker, Disney Infinity 3.0 and Rugby League Live 3 all depart the top ten to make way for the new releases. Rugby League Live 3’s fall is significant – it has gone all the way from #9 to #36.

The lower end of the chart also sees a bunch of re-entries, which appears to be because Asda reduced many recent releases to £10 in some stores last week. By the time we got to our local only FIFA 15 was left. Well, that and Ubisoft’s uberflop Rabbids Invasion.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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