UK Gaming Charts | 19th April, 2003

By Adam Riley 22.04.2003 1


Article Contents
Here's a glimpse of what you can find in today's update:

Page One:
This week's new releases

Page Two:
Top 40 All Formats Chart

Page Three:
Top 20 GameCube Chart

Page Four:
Top 20 GameBoy Advance Chart

Page Five:
Top 20 GameBoy Colour Chart

On this page, below, you will find some of the latest releases that will be hitting the shop shelves at the end of the week. Please remember that all dates are subject to change, whether we like it or not!

Nintendo Release Dates

Wing Commander Prophecy (GBA) Take 2 25/4/2003
Top Angler (GC) Xicat 25/4/2003
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (GC) Infogrames 25/4/2003
Sega Rally Championship (GBA) SEGA/Infogrames 25/4/2003
Darkened Skye (GC) TDK 25/4/2003
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (GC) Virgin 25/4/2003
Hugo Advance (GBA) ITE Media 25/4/2003

Not much of interest - it's kind of like the quiet before the storm on the Nintendo front. Everyone's just sitting back and waiting for the tornado that will be Zelda: The Wind Waker. SEGA will be hoping for a bit of luck with its Rally Championship GBA game, but since its fortunes on the handheld, bar Sonic, have been very low, it would be highly surprising if it sold in vast quantities.

TOP 40 ALL SOFTWARE (FULL PRICE) WEEK 16 YEAR 2003

ENDING 19TH APRIL

LW TW TITLE PUBLISHER

(1) 1 TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL UBISOFT

(3) 2 THE SIMS EA GAMES

(2) 3 CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 4 EIDOS INTERACTIVE

(4) 4 PRIMAL SONY COMPUTER ENT.

(6) 5 FIFA 2003 EA SPORTS

(14) 6 HARRY POTTER - CHAMBER OF SECRETS EA GAMES

(8) 7 GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY ROCKSTAR

(9) 8 THE GETAWAY SONY COMPUTER ENT.

(N) 9 VIETCONG GATHERING

(N) 10 X-MEN 2: WOLVERINE'S REVENGE ACTIVISION

(16) 11 DANCING STAGE PARTY EDITION KONAMI

(10) 12 METAL GEAR SOLID 2 - SUBSTANCE KONAMI

(13) 13 LORD OF THE RINGS - THE TWO TOWERS EA GAMES

(12) 14 TOM CLANCY'S GHOST RECON RED STORM

(15) 15 RAYMAN 3 UBISOFT

(11) 16 ZELDA 3 - LINK TO THE PAST NINTENDO

(5) 17 DEVIL MAY CRY 2 CAPCOM

(20) 18 TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 2003 EA SPORTS

(21) 19 LORD OF THE RINGS-FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING BLACK LABEL

(7) 20 FREELANCER MICROSOFT

(18) 21 GRAND THEFT AUTO 3 PLATINUM

(29) 22 THE SIMS: UNLEASHED EA GAMES

(17) 23 COMMAND AND CONQUER: GENERALS EA GAMES

(27) 24 JAMES BOND 007: NIGHTFIRE EA GAMES

(23) 25 SONIC ADVANCE 2 SEGA

(24) 26 JURASSIC PARK: OPERATION G
ENESIS UNIVERSAL INTERACTIVE

(N) 27 YU-GI-OH! WORLDWIDE EDITION KONAMI

(32) 28 HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED MICROSOFT

(19) 29 DELTA FORCE: BLACK HAWK DOWN NOVALOGIC

(25) 30 TOCA RACE DRIVER CODEMASTERS

(28) 31 MORTAL KOMBAT: DEADLY ALLIANCE MIDWAY

(N) 32 CONFLICT - DESERT STORM SCI

(22) 33 METROID PRIME NINTENDO

(38) 34 DANCING STAGE EUROMIX KONAMI

(35) 35 HITMAN 2: SILENT ASSASSIN EIDOS INTERACTIVE

(26) 36 INDIANA JONES & THE EMPEROR'S TOMB LUCASARTS

(31) 37 CRASH BANDICOOT 2: N-TRANCED UNIVERSAL INTERACTIVE

(40) 38 WWE SMACKDOWN! SHUT YOUR MOUTH THQ

(N) 39 YU-GI-OH! FORBIDDEN MEMORIES KONAMI

(34) 40 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2 KONAMI

Two GameCube games and five GameBoy Advance games in the Top 40 All Formats this week. The Sims creeps back up a place to No.2, the heavily marketed Primal holds at No.4, Potter-madness due to the DVD film release has sky-rocketed the wizard's game up eight to No.6 and two new entries round off the Top Ten: Vietcong at No.9 on the PC and all-formats X-Men 2 in at a rather low (considering it is on every system) No.10. People have donned their dancing shoes once more, propelling the Party Edition of Konami's BeMani game up to No.11, whilst Zelda on the GBA tumbles five to No.16, PS2 Devil May Cry 2 nose-dives to No.17 and the PC's Freelancer 'free-falls' from No.7 to No.20!

Sonic Advance 2 drops just a couple of places to No.25 this week, whilst Konami's popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise notches up another victory as the GBA title slams home at a respectable (for a GBA game) No.27. Poor Metroid Prime drops eleven to No.33, but will surely rebound slightly next week thanks to it winning an award at the Games Stars event last Sunday. Crash's second GBA game falls six to No.37, and another Yu-Gi-Oh! title, this time Forbidden Memories, re-enters at No.39.


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TOP 20 NINTENDO GAMECUBE WEEK 16 YEAR 2003

ENDING 19TH APRIL

LW TW TITLE PUBLISHER

(1) 1 METROID PRIME NINTENDO

(2) 2 THE SIMS EA GAMES

(3) 3 SUPER MONKEY BALL 2 SEGA

(5) 4 SUPER SMASH BROS: MELEE PLAYER'S CHOICE

(8) 5 SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE NINTENDO

(9) 6 STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTER LUCASARTS

(4) 7 LORD OF THE RINGS - THE TWO TOWERS EA GAMES

(6) 8 RESIDENT EVIL ZERO CAPCOM

(N) 9 CONFLICT - DESERT STORM SCI

(N) 10 X-MEN 2: WOLVERINE'S REVENGE ACTIVISION

(11) 11 STAR WARS: CLONE WARS LUCASARTS

(N) 12 LUIGI'S MANSION PLAYER'S CHOICE

(10) 13 STAR WARS: ROGUE LEADER LUCASARTS

(13) 14 MARIO PARTY 4 NINTENDO

(12) 15 PHANTASY STAR ONLINE: EP 1 & 2 SEGA

(14) 16 ROCKY RAGE SOFTWARE

(16) 17 RESIDENT EVIL CAPCOM

(17) 18 WWE WRESTLEMANIA X8 THQ

(7) 19 SONIC MEGA COLLECTION SEGA

(20) 20 RAYMAN 3 UBISOFT

Yet again the Top Three are motionless, with The Sims still nipping at Ms Aran's heels. The cheapness of Smash Bros has helped it move back up to No.4 and Mario sunny platform adventure is close behind at No.5. Interest in the GC Star Wars games was rekindled a couple of weeks back, and they're still going strong - Bounty Hunter climbs three to No.6 and Clone Wars holds at No.11. There are a few new entries this week, with the long-awaited Conflict: Desert Storm in at No.9 and X-Men 2 at No.10. The latter should stick around since the film is due out soon...There's only two other matters worthy of note: Finally the Players' Choice is being noticed by the public (no thanks to Nintendo's complete lack of advertising...AGAIN!), and Luigi's Mansion re-enters at No.12...although Pikmin is currently being unfairly over-looked. Oh, and Sonic Mega Collection loses its legs and careers from No.7 to No.19!


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[
u]TOP 20 NINTENDO GAMEBOY ADVANCE WEEK 16 YEAR 2003

ENDING 19TH APRIL

LW TW TITLE PUBLISHER

(1) 1 ZELDA 3 - LINK TO THE PAST NINTENDO

(2) 2 SONIC ADVANCE 2 SEGA

(N) 3 YU-GI-OH! WORLDWIDE EDITION KONAMI

(3) 4 CRASH BANDICOOT 2: N-TRANCED UNIVERSAL INTERACTIVE

(11) 5 HARRY POTTER - CHAMBER OF SECRETS EA GAMES

(4) 6 WWE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA X8 THQ

(6) 7 LORD OF THE RINGS - THE TWO TOWERS EA GAMES

(8) 8 RAYMAN 3 UBISOFT

(5) 9 SUPER MONKEY BALL SEGA

(9) 10 SUPER MARIO ADVANCE 2 NINTENDO

(15) 11 JAMES BOND 007: NIGHTFIRE EA GAMES

(7) 12 STAR WARS EP II: NEW DROID ARMY THQ

(12) 13 YOSHI'S ISLAND - SUPER MARIO ADVANCE 3 NINTENDO

(13) 14 CRASH BANDICOOT: XS UNIVERSAL INTERACTIVE

(14) 15 SPYRO 2: SEASON OF FLAME UNIVERSAL INTERACTIVE

(10) 16 MARIO KART: SUPER CIRCUIT NINTENDO

(17) 17 FIFA 2003 EA SPORTS

(18) 18 RUGRATS: I GOTTA GO PARTY THQ

(16) 19 METROID FUSION NINTENDO

(19) 20 SPYRO - SEASON OF ICE UNIVERSAL INTERACTIVE

Just look at where Metroid Fusion is: No.19, down a further three places this week. Yet pap like Crash Bandicoot 2 is still up in the Top Five at No.4! What is wrong with the gaming public today?! Huh...Anyway, Zelda is still No.1 and Sonic Advance 2 is No.2, but Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition crashes in at No.3 and certainly won't go away without a fight. Ron Weasly and his sweaty palms can be found in the Chamber of Secrets, up six to No.5, SEGA's Monkey Ball Junior proves to be another under-performing handheld title for the company, falling four to No.9. After a slow start, 007 Nightfire climbs up to No.11 and Mario Kart drops six to No.16...NEXT!


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TOP 20 NINTENDO GAMEBOY COLOUR WEEK 16 YEAR 2003

ENDING 19TH APRIL

LW TW TITLE PUBLISHER

(1) 1 POKEMON CRYSTAL NINTENDO

(2) 2 SHREK TDK

(3) 3 POKEMON SILVER NINTENDO

(5) 4 HARRY POTTER - CHAMBER OF SECRETS EA GAMES

(7) 5 SUPER MARIO BROS NINTENDO

(4) 6 POKEMON GOLD NINTENDO

(6) 7 YU-GI-OH! DARK DUEL STORIES KONAMI

(8) 8 POKEMON TRADING CARD GAME NINTENDO

(10) 9 NYR: NEW YORK RACE WANADOO

(17) 10 DRAGON BALL Z INFOGRAMES

(9) 11 LEGEND OF ZELDA: ORACLE OF SEASONS NINTENDO

(12) 12 LEGEND OF ZELDA: ORACLE OF AGES NINTENDO

(13) 13 WWF: BETRAYAL THQ

(14) 14 SABRINA ANIMATED: SPOOKED SIERRA ONLINE

(16) 15 TOKI TORI CAPCOM

(11) 16 HARRY POTTER - PHILOSOPHER'S STONE EA GAMES

(15) 17 WENDY: EVERY WITCH WAY TDK

(19) 18 TWEENIES: DOODLE'S BONES BBC MULTIMEDIA

(20) 19 MEGAMAN XTREME 2 CAPCOM

(N) 20 THE SIMPSONS: TREEHOUSE OF HORROR THQ

After sticking something quite sharp in my hand last week as a token of desperation for this abysmal chart, I can honestly say my action was seemingly over-looked. Yup, the chart is as boring as ever. The Top Three remain stationary, Potter is up to No.4, the absolutely ancient Super Mario Bros DX is up two to No.5, Dragon Ball Z shoots up from No.17 to No.10 and the mega-super-dupa old Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror re-enters at No.20. Okay, maybe it was slightly more exciting than last week...

Please post your comments below!

Sources[Chart Track UK, Games Press, Amazon.co.uk]

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