UK Chart Highlights | Sonic Fighting Up on Nintendo Wii Despite Competition

By Adam Riley 13.03.2007 8

UK Chart Highlights XCVIII
...Sonic Fighting Up on Nintendo Wii Despite Competition

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

Sonic Burning Bright on Wii!

After a surprisingly strong start for Sonic and the Secret Rings on Nintendo's Wii last week, it would appear that the Sonic faithful are definitely already on-board the system as the game is fighting fit in its second week. So where recent Sonic games on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable have failed miserably in the charts here in the UK, following the long-term DS success of Sonic Rush, Wii owners are now lapping up this new version like crazy! It certainly bodes well for future Sega support on the Wii...

Square Enix Ousted by Tom Clancy...

Although Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 on Xbox 360 has hit No.1 this week, it actually fails to sell more than its predecessor, which sold 10,000 more units in its first week. Final Fantasy XII is pushed down to No.2 (dropping 50% in sales), but is still the highest selling full price PS2 game right now by a large margin, showing people are clearly waiting for the PS3 to be released later this month. The All Prices Top 40 has GTA: Vice City Stories re-enter at No.3 thanks to a budget version appearing on the PS2 last Friday, whilst Brain Training slips one to No.9, Sega Mega Drive Collection climbs three to No.13, Wii Play returns at No.17, Little Britain drops eight to No.29 and Big Brain Academy is up eight to No.30.

Over on the Full Price Top 40, Sonic & the Secret Rings on Wii actually climbs two to No.3, pushing Crackdown lower two places to No.4 and The Sims 2: Seasons down to No.5. Call of Duty 3 moves up three to No.9, Super Mario Bros. slides two to No.10 and Gears of War holds at No.14. Zelda Twilight Princess drops again this week, falling five to No.16, ahead of Ghost Rider (up one to No.17), with WarioWare moving back up two to No.19 and Animal Crossing receiving a timely boost, up four to No.24. Mario vs Donkey Kong 2 performs far better than its GBA predecessor, landing new at No.21, with nintendogs: Dalmatian & Friends up three to No.22 (constrained by low stock) and a fall for Excite Truck at No.23 (down eight). Lab & Friends slips one to No.24, Mario Kart DS holds at No.28, Lost Planet on 360 plummets from No.20 to No.31 and Charlotte's Web struggles, slipping four to No.29. The 360's No.7 game, new entry Bullet Witch, only enters at No.36, a hair's breadth above Mario Slam Basketball (down ten to No.37), a re-entry for Pippa Funnell DS at No.38 (No.15 on the DS Top 20...) and Red Steel on Wii, down five to No.40.

Over on the Wii Top 20, Sonic & the Secret Rings claims No.1 for its second week, although the re-stocked Wii Play jumps back up from No.14 to No.2, with WarioWare also back up one to No.3 as Zelda slides to No.4 and Excite Truck drops three to No.5. Red Steel is down one to No.6, Call of Duty 3 slips one to No.9 and the highly under-rated Kororinpa is down a place to No.11, whilst Need for Speed climbs one to No.14, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam continues to live up to its potential (hence why it is likely being ported to Sony's system soon), falling four to No.15, Far Cry jumps two to No.16 and Madden NFL 07 returns at No.19.

Monsters, Inc knocks Dogz down to No.2 in the GBA Top 20 this time round, with Pok

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I agree it does bode well for SEGA and the future Sonic titles, as well as the others inc SMBall, if this continues i wonder if Nintendo will give the FZERO title to them again, as much as i love GX i would prefer it if they keep the title inhouse. LS

( Edited on 13.03.2007 14:43 by Linkyshinks )

Sonic Wii rocks, thats why.
Best Sonic in a LONG time.

Personaly, Id rather AC do FZero as I loved GX and thought it evolved the game more then the difference Nintendo did between Nes and Snes.
Needs a track editor and a random track, however.

Zelda should be near 1:1 with Wii sales, however.
I dont like it dropping.

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really? I am so glad. You got me: I will get this Sonic asap!
Go, Sega! You have the rights to earn respect AND money with a Sonic game.

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

Sonic has only sold well because its a mediocre title amongst a load of crap for the Wii and nothing else better than it has come out...

I hate to say that I agree, but... I agree. A lack of killer aps. since TP has meant that the whiney American hedgehog has taken an ill-deserved place in the charts.

Screwing the rules since 1989.

Thats preety good for Sonic 3rd Place, since alot of people here are saying the game is crap Smilie

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Wii Play returns at No.17

For 2 weeks Ive been trying to buy this but no one has any stock.

-Have you any idea what it's like to be a Fembot living in a Manbot's Manputer's world?

A lot of Wii Play stock will have gone over to the US as well to cope with demand after it only launched recently there.

By the way, big new releases on Friday included: Phoenix Wright: Justice for All, Tiger Woods 07 on Wii, as well as SSX Blur. It'll be very interesting to see how those three fare on Monday...especially PW, considering the first game bombed hard early last year over here.

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