GTA V enters the unholy trinity of titles with the longest spell at no.1

Given the time of year, we expected this week’s UK chart to be a non-event. This isn’t the case, amazingly – GTA V has managed to take the top spot for a 14th time, following last week’s rise to #3.

This puts the evergreen crime caper third in the list of titles that have spent the longest time at number one. It’s a very peculiar list indeed. 505 Games’ Zumba Fitness previously held third place with 13 weeks at no.1, followed by Wii Fit with 16 weeks and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – yes, really – with a resounding 18 weeks.

Eidos’ quiz show tie-in launched at the peak of the show’s popularity. The PSone version arrived at an impulse-buy price point of £19.99, and was shortly followed by PS2, Dreamcast and Game Boy Advance iterations. If you’ve ever wondered why WWTBAM on PSone is a common sight in charity shops and car boot sales, now you know why.

Chart-Track notes that sales of Call of Duty: WWII and FIFA 18 – at #2 and #3, respectively – were remarkably close, making next week’s no.1 title hard to predict.

Assassin’s Creed Origins held onto #4 for a 4th week while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe rose seven places to #5. In doing so, it becomes the UK’s best-selling Switch title, spending 38 weeks in the top 40.

We imagine Zelda: BotW is currently the 2nd best-selling. It’s likely both will be superseded by Super Mario Odyssey over time, however.

PUBG rose to #6, Star Wars Battlefront II fell two places to #7, Zelda: BotW climbed to #8, Forza Motorsport 7 took #9 while Super Mario Odyssey dropped to #10.

Curiously, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition managed to re-enter at #15. The fact that it’s currently £7.99 at Amazon probably played a part in that.

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