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Codemasters' F1 2021 has held the No.1 spot for a second week, despite a 42% decline in sales week-over-week.

It was a strong week for Nintendo titles; The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD claimed second place once more, and is nowhere close to being overthrown despite a 44% drop in sales.

Additionally, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe moved up two places to No.3 after a 14% uptick in sales, and it is followed closely by fellow Switch giant Animal Crossing: New Horizons at No.4, which enjoyed an 18% increase in sales.

One title to enter the top ten last week was Sega's Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - The Official Video Game, no doubt driven by the beginning of the actual Olympic Games in the final week of July. The title, which was released in July 2019, saw a 55% increase in sales, primarily driven by PS4 units.

While not making the top 10, Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games 2020 also saw a sizeable rise in sales inspired by the Olympics; a 65% increase pushed the title up to No.17.

Making its chart debut at No.10 was Square Enix's Neo: The World Ends With You, which released July 27. Sales for the title were also largely attributed to the Switch, with 63% of its launch week units purchased for the console.

Another strong title in the Square Enix camp is Marvel's Avengers, which moved up another five places to No.13 following a 71% uptick in sales.

Further down the charts, Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure, in at No.20, saw a 40% increase in sales, and Luigi's Mansion 3, in No.24, saw a 31% uptick in sales. Neither of the games were discounted on the eshop.

The largest increase in the top 40 for last week was Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville. EA's backyard brawler saw a 195% jump in units shifted, with 85% of those sold on the Switch.

Ratchet And Clank: Rift Apart, which sat at No.3 the week prior, is now way down at No.40 following an 87% decline in sales week-on-week. The title does seem to enjoy a spike every time a new batch of PS5s is released however, so it's likely to shoot up again in good time.

Here is the GfK top ten for the week ending July 31, 2021:

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
11F1 2021
2 2The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
53Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
47Animal Crossing: New Horizons
85Minecraft
96Grand Theft Auto 5
67Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
138Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
49FIFA 21
New10Neo: The World Ends With You

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