FIFA 21 Has Biggest Boxed Launch Of 2021 In UK, But Switch Version Flops

FIFA is a big deal in the UK, and the launch of FIFA 21 has done big business in the UK–with some caveats. FIFA 21 is the biggest physical game launch in the UK this year, but sales are down compared to FIFA 20, and the Switch version has sold poorly.

Gamesindustry.biz is reporting that sales on FIFA 21’s boxed copies are down 42% on boxed sales of FIFA 20. There’s a few potential reasons for that–the looming next generation of systems (which will bring new versions of FIFA 21), the growth of the digital market, and the COVID-19 pandemic making players less likely to travel to a store to buy the game all factors in.

It’s unknown how well the game has sold digitally, but this is still a big launch, overtaking the launch sales of The Last of Us Part II and Animal Crossing: New Horizons (both of which are single console exclusives).

The Switch version, however, has bombed. The PS4 version of the game accounted for 62% of sales, while 36% of sales were on Xbox One, but just 2% of sales were for the Switch version.

Of course, there’s a good reason for the Switch version to have not sold–it’s a Legacy Edition, meaning it’s the exact same game as the last three FIFA titles on Switch, albeit with updated rosters. The Switch version does not have enough reviews for a rating on Metacritic yet, but the user rating is down to 0.1/10. Hopefully EA will consider releasing a more substantial update for the Switch version of FIFA 22.

Although the game will likely sell well on PS5 and Xbox Series X when those consoles launch too, it’s worth noting that you’ll get a free upgrade to the new versions if you buy the PS4 or

Free Pikmin 3 Deluxe Switch Demo Now Live, Lets You Transfer Progress To Full Game

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch at the end of this month, but players have a chance to sample the unique strategy game before then. During the latest Treehouse Live presentation, Nintendo announced that a free Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo is available to download from the Switch eShop, and you’ll unlock some things in the full game for playing it.

If you can defeat the final boss at the end of the demo, you’ll unlock the Ultra-Spicy difficulty in the full version of Pikmin 3 Deluxe right from the outset. Ultra-Spicy is a brand-new difficulty option for Pikmin veterans; it caps your Pikmin field limit at 60, making the experience much more challenging.

Additionally, Nintendo has confirmed that the Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo allows you to carry over your save data to the full game, so you’ll be able to pick up where you left off when it launches.

We learned a few other new details about Pikmin 3 Deluxe during the Treehouse Live stream. Nintendo confirmed that motion controls and pointer functionality will return as optional control methods. The company also showed off some new features being introduced in this Switch version, including the Piklopedia–which catalogues all the enemies you’ve defeated–and the new side story missions starring Olimar and Louie.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on October 30. You can learn more about the game in our Pikmin 3 Deluxe preorder guide.

That wasn’t all that we saw during the Treehouse Live stream. As advertised, the company

Free Pikmin 3 Switch Demo Now Live, Lets You Transfer Progress To Full Game

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch later this month, but players will have a chance to sample the unique strategy game before then. During Wednesday’s Treehouse Live presentation, Nintendo announced that a free Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo is available to download from the Switch eShop, and you’ll unlock some things in the full game for playing it.

If you can defeat the final boss at the end of the demo, you’ll unlock the Ultra-Spicy difficulty in the full version of Pikmin 3 Deluxe right from the outset. Ultra-Spicy is a brand-new difficulty option for Pikmin veterans that caps your Pikmin field limit at 60, making the experience more challenging.

Additionally, Nintendo has confirmed that the Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo allows you to carry over your save data to the full game, so you’ll be able to pick up where you left off when it launches.

We learned a few other new details about Pikmin 3 Deluxe during the Treehouse Live stream. Nintendo confirmed that motion controls and pointer functionality will return as optional control methods. The company also showed off some new features being introduced in this Switch version, including the Piklopedia–which catalogues all the enemies you’ve defeated–and the new side story missions starring Olimar and Louie.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe launches on October 30. You can learn more about the game in our Pikmin 3 Deluxe preorder guide.

That wasn’t all that we saw during the Treehouse Live stream. As advertised, the company also showcased more of

Microsoft Dominated This Business for Decades. Google May Have Just Given You a Reason to Switch

The word processor is one of the most fundamental pieces of productivity software. It’s where we put ideas down on paper, at least virtually. It’s where we capture thoughts and organize them into memos, letters, papers, or books. The same is true for the spreadsheet, which allows us to organize, analyze and make sense of data. 

Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity tools has been the default choice for millions of businesses, schools, and organizations for decades. More than 258 million, at that. Add to that another 40 million individuals who subscribe, according to the company’s most recent quarterly earnings report.

Then, Google came along with G Suite, offering Docs, Slides, and Sheets as an alternative to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. There are, of course, a handful of other tools in each, but the point is that Google now offers an answer to just about every Microsoft Office product. 

It’s actually an interesting battle for a few reasons. The first reason is that despite the fact that Office has been around almost as long as the personal computer, it is still a cash cow for Microsoft. 

That means every time Google makes a compelling case for ditching Word et. al., it’s a big deal to Microsoft. And, let’s be honest, Google Docs is already a better tool for collaboration than Word. It just is. 

That’s important, maybe now more than ever, and I think that’s an upward trend that isn’t going to change anytime in the near future. Word and Excel may have advanced features you won’t find in Google’s versions, but they fall short when it comes to what really matters–collaborating with the people you work with. 

That’s what makes Google’s move to more tightly integrate its productivity tools under a new collective brand called Google Workspace so interesting, and

Get your Nintendo Switch right here — it’s in stock at GameStop

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Ever since the pandemic hit, Nintendo has been struggling to keep up with Switch and Switch Lite demand. However, according to an early August GameSpot report, Switch console production is back in full swing — or close to it, at least. That jibes with what we’ve seen over that past few weeks, with the console popping up at online stores like Best Buy and Amazon at its regular $300 price tag.

Of course, it still sells out within minutes. But now that we’re seeing it in stock at stores on a fairly regular basis, we’re trying to keep closer track. We’ll update this story frequently, but you’ll want to click through below since the inventory status often changes on a minute-by-minute basis.

Amazon

Update: As of Oct. 4, there are no Nintendo Switch consoles available for online purchase for $300 at Amazon.    


Best Buy

Update: As of Oct. 4, there are no Nintendo Switch consoles available for online purchase for $300 at Best Buy.  


GameStop


Out of stock

What’s a good price for the Switch?

Unsurprisingly, there’s no “deal” to be had at the stores above; the price is set firmly at $299.99, which is the regular SRP. Indeed, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen any kind of Switch discount. (Holidays, 2019, if memory serves.)

That said, with bundles and used consoles selling for upwards of $400 or more, paying “only” the suggested retail price is a win on this product. (And don’t worry: Nintendo has already confirmed that it has no plans for a Switch sequel this year.)

Read more: The best Nintendo Switch games for 2020

This post is updated regularly as inventory changes occur.


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