Activision’s behemoth Skylanders franchise, which is primarily aimed at children, has failed to topple EA’s sports giant, FIFA 13. That’s according to the latest UK charts for the week ending October 20.
There’s three new entries into the charts this week – Skylanders: Giants, Doom BFG: Edition, and 007 Legends – two of which are from Call of Duty publishing giant, Activision. Despite the enticement of new titles, there’s seemingly no end to Electronic Arts’ FIFA franchise, which has now held on tightly to the coveted top spot for four weeks running. That’s rather impressive, especially considering it had to kick off against Konami’s very own PES 2013, which saw the franchise return to its roots with “game-changing” improvements.
Skylanders: Giants, the follow up to last year’s best-selling kid’s title, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, was pegged by Toys R Us to be the “Christmas hit for the second year running”, with the firm placing it on their Holiday Hot Toy List. Last year, Skylanders was the third most profitable game in North America and Europe, selling more than 30 million Skylanders toys worldwide – more than three times higher than Activision had expected at the time. According to Activision, sales of the Skylanders toys exceeded those of the best-selling action figure line – Star Wars – at the time. This year’s instalment “dramatically” enhances the magic of bringing toys to life through the wonder of the Portal of Power by introducing 16 new characters, led by eight Giant Skylanders, of which are twice the size of their smaller brethren. However, with the title pegged to be a Christmas hit, it’s rather possible that many are withholding their purchase until closer to this holiday season. Though, that’s rapidly approaching.
Activision’s Bond title – 007 Legends – which features missions inspired by key films that have defined Bond’s personality over the years including Die Another Day, Moonraker, License to Kill, On Her Majesty’s Service, Goldfinger and one based on this year’s highly-anticipated movie, Skyfall. The first-of-its-kind Bond experience, 007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline that explores the undercover operative’s gritty journey from a newly-minted agent to the most beloved, or hated, spy legend there ever was. The game releases alongside Skylanders: Giants on October 19, but has also failed to make much of an impact in the charts, landing in at twelve.
The entire chart list for the week ending October 20 is as follows:
- FIFA 13 | EA Sports | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, PSP, 3DS, iOS, Android, Mac OS X
- Skylanders: Giants | Activision | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, 3DS
- Dishonored | Bethesda Softworks | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
- Just Dance 4 | Ubisoft | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
- Doom 3: BFG Edition | Bethesda | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
- Pokemon Black Version 2 | Nintendo | DS
- Resident Evil 6 | Capcom | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
- Borderlands 2 | 2K Games | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
- Pokemon White Version 2 | Nintendo | DS
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown | 2K Games | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
- F1 2012 | Codemasters | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, iOS
- 007 Legends | Activision | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | Bethesda Softworks | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
- Rocksmith | Ubisoft | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 | Konami | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, PSP, iOS, Android
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 | Nintendo | 3DS
- Sleeping Dogs | Square Enix | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, OnLive
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes | Warner Bros. Interactive | Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PS Vita, DS, 3DS, Mac OS X
- Forza Motorsport 4 | Microsoft | Xbox 360
- Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition | Sony Computer Entertainment | PlayStation 3
FIFA 13 is available now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, PSP, 3DS, iOS, Android, Mac OS X. Activision’s Skylanders: Giants is available now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and 3DS. 007 Legends is available now on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. All three titles will be available on Nintendo’s Wii U in – or within the consoles launch window – North America on November 18 and in Europe on November 30.