UK Chart Highlights LXXVIII | Mario & Brain Training Keep Nintendo Afloat

By Adam Riley 27.07.2006 4

UK Chart Highlights LXXVIII
...Mario & Brain Training Keep Nintendo Afloat

Your weekly UK Chart Round-Up brought to you by stat-man jesusraz. Remember, the images here do not reflect actual sales!

Outlook: Bright & Sunny

The summer lull is upon us and that usually means not only a drought in new game releases, but a downward turn in gaming sales. However, with the Nintendo DS Lite only just being released here in good ol' Blighty, plus a wealth of new titles, things are a bit different at the moment. But can Nintendo keep this upward trend going?

GTA not going anywhere...

There really seems to be no stopping GTA Liberty City Stories on the PS2 as it enters its fifth week at No.1 on the All Prices Top 40, with Brain Training stuck at No.6 and Big Brain Academy holds at No.17. Back over on the Full Price Top 40, though, Cars claims No.1 a week before the movie's 28th July release, jumping up twelve spots thanks to massive promotional work for it...and it is surprisingly worth it! This means that New Super Mario Bros. remains at No.2, whilst Legend of Jack Sparrow leaps four to No.3 as the PC version launches alongside the PS2 one, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 dips one to No.4 and Prey slides from No.1 to No.5. Animal Crossing falls out of the Top 10 for the first time since launching back in March, slipping one to No.11, Dalmatian & Friends is down two to No.13 and PSP's LocoRoco moves up three to No.22. Super Dragon Ball Z enters at No.26, nintendogs Lab & Friends jumps from No.39 to No.28, with Mario Kart skidding back down eight to No.32. Other than that, Super Monkey Ball Adventure reaches new heights by returning at No.36, whilst Dogz on the GBA scrapes in at No.39.

In a quiet week, Cars on the GameCube hits No.1, up three places, nudging Pok

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Good to see most of the Nintendo titles stay firm in the top 40

Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the clichť. They were the statement and the definition."

The chart this week was indeed strong for Nintendo, but there's such a small amount of was just tedious to write about! Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

we need a new ds game that wil sell lots. ff iii please.

Well, at the moment it seems that licensed stuff is also helping the DS along - just like it used to do with the GBA. Over the Hedge, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and now Cars have all done better on the DS than on the PSP...and in some cases better than on the PS2! Smilie

A very positive sign that is also being shown across Europe (I've seen similar cases in the French and German charts so far, for example).

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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