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F1 2020 overtakes The Last of Us Part 2 at No.1 | UK Charts

Codemasters licensed racing game enjoys its biggest launch since 2017

F1 2020 is this week's No.1 in the UK physical retail charts.

The annual racing series by Codemasters enjoyed its biggest opening week since 2017, with launch boxed sales up 22% over last year's entry.

The game may have been buoyed by the restart of the F1 racing series following its hiatus due to the lockdown.

It does mean that the The Last of Us Part 2 ends its stay at the summit after three consecutive weeks at No.1. In fact, the PS4 game dropped in sales 48% week-on-week and slips to No.3, behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons at No.2.

Last week's big new release, Marvel's Iron Man VR, takes a fall from No.2 to No.9 after a 75% drop in sales week-on-week. The game is still tracking well ahead of last year's big PlayStation VR release, Blood & Truth. PSVR games do tend to bounce back in the charts whenever the hardware is discounted at retail.

Speaking of games that bounce up and down the charts depending on hardware performance, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is back at No.4 after a 50% spike in boxed sales week-on-week. The game tends to perform strongly whenever Nintendo Switch consoles come back in stock, particularly the standard model (as opposed to the Lite version).

Lower down the charts, there are a couple of other new releases for Nintendo Switch. At No.21, you will find Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, which is a remake of a popular Harvest Moon game that was released on Game Boy Advance in 2003.

Meanwhile, Rising Star Games' Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise comes in at No.32. The game is a sequel to a cult favourite Xbox 360 and PS3 game, but this game has been released only on Nintendo Switch.

The recent stock clearance of 3DS games that caused a number of games to reach the Top 40 is all but finished, with just Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer holding on at No.34.

Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending July 11th

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New Entry1F1 2020
32Animal Crossing: New Horizons
13The Last of Us Part 2
114Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
65Minecraft (Switch)
56Grand Theft Auto 5
77Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
9 8 Luigi's Mansion 3
29 Marvel's Iron Man VR
1810Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

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