EA’s ‘FIFA 18’ takes a second week at No1 and actually has a stronger week 2 than last year because FIFA 17’s week 2 coincided with Take 2’s biggest new release of 2016, which pulled sales away from FIFA (‘Mafia III’ was new at No2 in week 40, 2016 and was the 8th biggest week 1 unit seller of 2016).
There are 5 new releases within the Top 40 this week, the first of which is Microsoft’s ‘Forza Motorsport 7’ for Xbox One debuting at No2. ‘Forza Motorsport 6’ also debuted at No2 two years ago back in week 38, 2015 and last year’s ‘Forza Horizon 3’ also debuted at No2 (week 39, 2016) and currently sits at No3 this week thanks to the popularity of the ‘Xbox One S FH3 Hotwheels’ hardware bundle. The second big new release of the week is Warner’s PS4/Xbox One ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame’ debuting at No7 and this franchise switches from hand-held console to home console release for the first time (the 3 previous Ninjago games have appeared on DS, 3DS and Vita) – this new Ninjago game arrives a week before the movie hits UK cinema screens. The third release of the week is Nintendo’s 3DS ‘Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions’ debuting at No19. The fourth new release and debuting at No31 on 3DS is the 8th title within the Professor Layton series, entitled ‘Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy’. The final new release of the week within the Top 40 is Capcom’s ‘Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen HD’ for PS4/Xbox One, an update from 2013’s original release on PS3/360.