While last weekâ€™s new release assortment was definitely far quieter than this week, a handful of big-name titles still made their way to store shelves. These included Codiesâ€™ DIRT 5, EAâ€™s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, LOL Surprise! Remix on Switch, and a new multiformat Paw Patrol game.
Can you guess which of these was the best-selling in this weekâ€™s physical chart, dear reader?
It was LOL Surprise! Remix, we kid you not. The toy tie-in entered the UK chart at #10, outselling such games as Marvelâ€™s Avengers (at #11) and Crash Bandicoot 4: Itâ€™s About Time (at #13.)
Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay was the second highest-charting new release, with the Switch version unsurprisingly being the most popular.
So where are DIRT 5 and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered? The answer is a long, long, way down the chart. EAâ€™s racer remaster took #35 while DIRT 5 parked up at #38.
DIRT 5 is being poised as a next-gen title, giving some explanation as to why it failed to chart higher. We imagine gamers are holding out to purchase it alongside a shiny new Xbox or PS5, be it digitally or physically. Weâ€™ll find out over the next fortnight as to whether this is the case.
As for Hot Pursuit Remastered, well, it hasnâ€™t exactly received the same level of promotion as Burnout Paradise Remastered. It likely sold better as a download on Xbox too, thanks to the EA Play discount. Adding to this, the Switch version isnâ€™t out until later this week.
The top ten is, once again, mostly filled with Switch games. Sales were reportedly up, which we put down to a combination of lockdown and Tesco currently running a Â£199 Switch Lite promotion, which includes a free first-party game.
FIFA 21 remains no.1, followed by Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Watch Dogs Legion falls to #4, while Minecraft and Super Mario 3D All-Stars hold onto #5 and #6.
Ring Fit Adventure climbs to #7, Minecraft Dungeons takes #8, GTA V re-enters the top ten at #9, and then at #10 itâ€™s the aforementioned LOL Surprise tie-in.
We stand a good chance of seeing a much fresher top ten next Monday. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Assassinâ€™s Creed Valhalla will no doubt battle for the top spot, with Yakuza: Like a Dragon and the early PS5 retail releases of Marvelâ€™s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demonâ€™s Souls and Godfall underneath. KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory and Just Dance 2021 possibly, too.