UK Chart Highlights | Nintendo Wii Shortages Abound

By Adam Riley 19.12.2006 10


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…Nintendo Wii Shortages Abound


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

Christmas shortages…

It is inevitable when a new launch comes around that there are bound to be shortages of some sort. In Nintendo’s case with the Wii, the system was released within a matter of weeks around the world, something that Sony could not manage with the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft failed to do successfully at the end of 2005. Now, whilst doing better than the 360, the signs are indeed there that people are struggling to get their Wii fix, which is bound to have an knock-on effect for software sales in Week Two. But by how much? And has the wrongful comments from the likes of the BBC had any negative impact?


A Merr-EA Christmas…

So it is that time of the year again, time for the official Christmas No.1 and many were wondering if EA could manage to make it three Need for Speed festive victories in a row. However, that is not the case, as EA’s own FIFA 07 clings on to grab the mantel for the first time in ten years, when FIFA Road to the World Cup ’98 took top honours. There were only 4,500 sales in it, though…The PSP version of WWE Smackdown vs. Raw hit last week, helping to boost the game up four to No.3, whilst Call of Duty drops one to No.5 and The Sims 2: Pets fails to be spurred on by the arrival of a PSP edition this week. Gears of War climbs back up a space to No.7 on 360, Zelda: Twilight Princess falls from No.5 to No.10 (despite the GameCube version joining it now), whilst Brain Training barges its way up two to No.11, yet Wii Play drops like a lead weight, from No.9 to No.30, whilst Zoo Tycoon and Sonic Rush return once more at No.38 and No.39, respectively. Looking at the Full Price Top 40 only, GTA Vice City Stories bounces back up four to No.11, Mario is up one to No.13, Tony Hawk’s Project 8 climbs three to No.19, Animal Crossing is up three to No.24 and Pok

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So to round of it has been a damn good year for Nintendo on Chart track, when was the last time Nintendo had a year like this in Britain? Had to be pst N64.

Raz little mistake Rayman should be No.3 and Red Steel No.4 you silly fool.SmilieSmilie


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."

So, that means GT Pro Series has been booted from the Top 10, failing to succeed like Asphalt Urban GT did when launched with the DS in March 2005.

Because both those games are crap?

Avoid Games Like the Plague, productivity++

Oh god, all those poor kids getting Ubisoft games like Monster truck 4x4 for Christmas.Smilie

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

Grumbler said:
Oh god, all those poor kids getting Ubisoft games like Monster truck 4x4 for Christmas.Smilie

But you get a plastic wheel! SmilieSmilieSmilie

Well, to put a long story short, everyone who wanted a Wii before XMAS already has one, so I'm surprised games are still selling so well, especially Zelda. Since like 72% of Wii owners had it on launch, that means that the GC version must have helped considerably for it to still be at #10...

YAY FOR GAMECUBE!

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Ashcroft, you do know that this week Rayman was joined by its PC, PS2 and GBA versions as well? They just didn't do anything on their respective Top 20s... Smilie But clearly there was enough impact to nudge it ahead of Red Steel.

Great to see Zelda holding on so well thanks to the GC version. It'd definitely be interesting to see how easy it is to get that version, actually. If people can let us know if they see it in stores around the country that'd be great Smilie

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"Merr-EA Christmas"?? Oh dear.

Smilie

Monster Truck 4x4 is Ubisoft too? Well bugger me. It's a shame a developer I'm less meh about didn't climb onboard the Wii train so readily. Raving Rabbits actually looks pretty good, but that's because the rabbits look like they've come from Aardman land. Rayman as a character is detestable.

Oh, and yay Zelda.

( Edited on 20.12.2006 07:31 by artmonkey )

Less posty, more gamey.

Well, the GC version of Zelda was surprisingly easy to find, my local GAME (in Penzance if anyone wants to know) hasn't really sold a brand new GC game for a year. But my mum simply walked in there, asked for it & picked it up. Very surprising, I guess it's selling really well isn't it? It was GC's last hope, I was expecting it to be COMPLETELY overshadowed by the Wii version. Good people still have faith.

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You where right about Sonic Rush having a good year it has clocked over 1m sales worldwide, along with Mario Hoops and FF3.

Off topic Nintendogs 10m crazy shit

As for Zelda GC it is no.6 in the French top 20 and the Wii version is no.1 annd vice versa in the Finnish Charts yes a gamecube game topped an all format chart who would of belives that.


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."

I got Zelda for GC about a week ago and i walked right into the store picked up paid for it and walked out. It was not hard to find at all. And i was at the store yesterday and it looked like they still had plenty of copies.

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