UK Chart Highlights | Wii Back in Stock, Nintendo DS Proves Resilient

By Adam Riley 12.05.2007 3

UK Chart Highlights XCXVI
...Wii Back in Stock, Nintendo DS Proves Resilient

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

Wii back in strong supply...

Nintendo chose to release quite a large supply of Wii stock last week, meaning that those eager to get their hands on the innovative new system would finally get their wish, thus impacting greatly on the UK charts. However, the PlayStation 2 has had several big new games released lately, Spider-man 3 has launched across many formats and Nintendo's own DS is still running rampant. So how well did the Wii do in the face of all this competition? That is what we are about to find out...

Web slinging has never been so much fun...

Over on the All Prices Top 40, a large influx of new Wii hardware helps budget game Wii Play climb two places to its highest ever ranking of No.2 (up 30% in sales!) and because of a lot of activity this week, Brain Training falls six to No.15. There seems to be no stopping Cooking Mama, though, as it cooks up a storm, leaping from No.35 to No.23 and obviously bodes well for the imminent release of Cook Off, the Wii version. Finally, 42 All-Time Classics clings on, down five to No.30.

The champion for this week on the Full Price Top 40 is Spider-man 3, which knocks God of War II down to No.2 after just one week. Interestingly enough, whereas when Spider-man 2 launched in 2004 it was the PS2 version that had a 65% share of overall first week sales compared to the Xbox's 23%, now the 360 edition accounts for 45%, the PS2 40%, Wii 10%, DS 4% and PC 1%. No doubt, though, the DS edition will rise considerably in the coming weeks. Oblivion is able to hold on at No.3 (still No.1 on the PS3 chart), whilst Buzz! The Mega Quiz shoots up eight to No.4, Tiger Woods rebounds up four to No.5 and Virtua Tennis 3 climbs one to No.6, all helping to shove Pok

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Cooking Mama: Cook Off was released on Friday alongside Bust-A-Move on Wii, both being pushed quite well in the likes of GAME. So there's a chance both could do pretty decently in the Wii Top 20 on Monday's chart update...

And it's pretty certain the Wii/DS versions of Spidey will be boosted next week as well.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Eledees flopped then, shame it looks like a quirky title (in a good way)

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 reckon actually making the Top 40 was quite an achievement for such a light-hearted looking game. I'm surprised it got more attention than something like DBZ, Prince of Persia, Heatseeker and The Godfather...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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