With still no major releases Fifa Coins to change the status quo FIFA 14 has remained the number one selling video game in the UK Buy Fifa 14 Coins for another week, with the PlayStation 4 version once again topping the individual formats chart.
However, whether by accident or new policy the press release which accompanied this week’s charts includes sales figures for the the all formats chart, which is never usually revealed for the UK – or indeed anywhere other than Japan.
Bearing in mind that last week will have been one of the slowest of the year for sales, FIFA 14 sold 28,088 on all formats to get to number one, a drop of 14 per cent on last week. Call Of Duty: Ghosts was well behind on 18,872, with a drop of 2 per cent, while Battlefield 4 got to number three in the all formats chart with 16,053 sales and a drop of 13 per cent.
The only comparison we can make for these figures is the individual formats Japanese chart. Last week the number one selling game there was Kirby: Triple Deluxe for the 3DS, which sold 81,069 copies. However January isn’t quite as quiet for Japan as it is for the UK and Triple Deluxe is a fairly major release, so the comparison isn’t that helpful.
What is more interesting is looking at how few sales it takes to get to number 10 in both charts. For Japan it was 10,500 for Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U, but for the UK it was new release Dragon Ball Z: Battle For Z which managed a paltry 4,981 copies on all formats. And that apparently is a record for a Dragon Ball Z debut.
The final titbit revealed by Chart-Track is that Mario Party: Island Tour, which was released new last week, saw a 10 per cent drop in sales to 2,940 at number 17 in the all formats chart.
Whether Chart-Track will reveal sales figures as a matter of course in the future we’re not sure but this is the perfect proof of why chart positions at slow times of the year are really no indication of overall success.
The release schedules are slowly begining to warm up though and the release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition this Friday, on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, should certainly get into both top 10s.