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F1 2021 overtakes Zelda to claim pole position | UK Boxed Charts

Ratchet & Clank and Spider-Man sales surge as new PS5 stock arrives

Codemasters' F1 2021 has claimed the No.1 spot in the UK boxed charts, despite a 37% drop in sales week-on-week.

The game missed out on pole position last week as it was beaten by Nintendo's latest remaster: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.

However, the Nintendo Switch game dropped 74% in physical sales during its second week, which has seen the two titles swap places.

It's not entirely unusual for a new game aimed at core fans to drop by this number in its second week, and a combination of the UK opening up after the COVID-19 lockdowns and a very hot week of weather will have had a detrimental impact on its performance.

Elsewhere, a large number of PS5 consoles were shipped to retailers this week, which has resulted in a sales surge for some of the platform's biggest games. Insomniac's PS5 exclusive Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart spiked 288% in sales week-on-week, and is up seven places to No.3. Meanwhile, Spider-Man: Miles Morales -- also by Insomniac -- jumped 242% in sales and has risen 11 places to No.6. Both games were included as part of PS5 console bundles at retailers.

Other PS5 titles to jump in sales includes third-party games Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (No.12), Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (No.17), Marvel's Avengers (No.18) and Resident Evil: Village (No.19).

Big deals on Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order saw the EA title drop to below £10. The game spiked 256% in sales as a result, and jumps back into the charts at No.11.

There were actually some new games in the charts. At No.33 is a new Warhammer game called Necromunda: Hired Gun. 41% of sales were on PS5, 32% on PS4 and 27% on Xbox Series consoles. Meanwhile, indie RPG Cris Tales comes in at No.36. 54% of sales was on Nintendo Switch, 25% on PS5, 17% on PS4 and 4% on Xbox.

Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending July 24, 2021:

Last Week This Week Title
2 1 F1 2021
1 2 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
10 3 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
3 4 FIFA 21
4 5 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
17 6 Spider-Man: Miles Morales
5 7 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
6 8 Minecraft (Switch)
8 9 Grand Theft Auto 5
7 10 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.

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