UK Chart Highlights: Nintendo Hits Top Spot Once More

By Adam Riley 29.01.2008 4

UK Chart Highlights: 28th January, 2008
...Nintendo Hits Top Spot Once More

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

A quick overview of the market scene...

Nintendo, simply not content to take the majority share of the UK charts lately, has recently been grabbing the accolade of No.1 in various different lists, this time topping the Individual Formats Top 40 again, thanks to Sega's Mario & Sonic game. On the main All Formats Top 40, though, it is EA with Criterion's latest racing title 'Burnout Paradise' that kick-starts 2008 with the largest sales for the fourth week of a year since 'Gran Turismo 2' eight years ago. The first big name new release of the year puts an end to Mario & Sonic's week at the top. Last week saw the SEGA-published Wii game re-enter the Top 40 right at No.1 thanks to a massive re-stock, and despite being pushed down to No.2 this week, the game actually climbs another 7% in sales, showing interest is not about to die down anytime soon. It can only go higher with the impending release of the DS edition as well, and SEGA's target of four million copies sold worldwide should easily be reached, considering the game's success in Japan and the US as well.

Burnout was released on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the results proving to be quite surprising, as the 360 edition took 53% of the total and the PS3 version taking the remaining 47%. The chart movement causes Activision's 'Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare', which is up 5%, to fall one to No.3. Nintendo has yet another bumper sales week, with Wii Play shooting up six places to No.4, Brain Training down just one to No.5 and More Brain Training now at No.10, sliding five. Retailers help 'Ratatouille' get a second wind, rebounding from No.30 to No.9 thanks to special promotions. Elsehwere, Nintendo's Wii Zapper title 'Link's Crossbow Training' has its best week of the year, up from No.22 to No.15 and SEGA's Ghost Squad on Wii moves up three to No.17 thanks to hype surrounding the Zapper.

Out of the entire Top 40, Nintendo takes 17 places with exclusive games, whilst the Top 8 of the Budget Top 40 is astonishingly all Nintendo DS or Wii as well! As for new entries, the ex-GameCube project, Donkey Kong: Jet Race, is new at No.33 and Advance Wars: Dark Conflict fails to chart (along with Wii Chess in its second week...), yet squeezes in at No.37 on the Individual Games Top 40.

Time for the chart listings...

Below you can find a taster of the official UK Chart listings from Chart Track UK and ELSPA. In order to see the full Chart Track UK listings, head over to the official website, with is linked to at the bottom of the article:

Top 20 Entertainment Software (All Prices)
Week Ending 26th January, 2008

-1Burnout Paradise (EA)
12Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (SEGA)
23Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision)
104Wii Play (Nintendo)
45Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (Nintendo)
36The Simpsons Game (EA)
67Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft)
78FIFA 08 (EA)
309Ratatouille (THQ)
510More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (Nintendo)
1211Cooking Mama (505 Games)
1512WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 (THQ)
913Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Activision)
1314NEW Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
2215Link's Crossbow Training w/ Wii Zapper (Nintendo)
1416Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Konami)
2017Ghost Squad (SEGA)
818Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo)
1619Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts)
1120Need for Speed: ProStreet (EA)

Top 20 Nintendo DS Software
Week Ending 26th January, 2008

11Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (Nintendo)
22More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (Nintendo)
33NEW Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
44Cooking Mama (505 Games)
55Sight Training (Nintendo)
76The Simpsons Game (EA)
16742 All-Time Classics (Nintendo)
298Scrabble Interactive: 2007 Edition (Ubisoft)
89Mario Kart DS (Nintendo)
910My Word Coach (Ubisoft)
-11Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Nintendo)
612Imagine: Babies (Ubisoft)
1113Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (Ubisoft)
-14Ratatouille (THQ)
1315The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo)
1516Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts)
1717Hamsterz 2 (Ubisoft)
1418Zoo Tycoon DS (THQ)
1919Big Brain Academy (Nintendo)
1020MySims (EA)

Top 20 Nintendo Wii Software
Week Ending 26th January, 2008

11Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (SEGA)
32Wii Play (Nintendo)
63Link's Crossbow Training w/ Wii Zapper (Nintendo)
54Ghost Squad (SEGA)
25Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo)
46Big Brain Academy for Wii (Nintendo)
197Ratatouille (THQ)
98Carnival: Funfair Games (Take 2)
89Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Capcom)
710Mario Party 8 (Nintendo)
-11Donkey Kong: Jet Race (Nintendo)
1212Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts)
1513Sonic and the Secret Rings (SEGA)
1114Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (EA)
2015Cooking Mama (505 Games)
2316WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 (THQ)
2817Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (Take 2)
2118Tomb Raider: Anniversary (Eidos)
1019Mario Strikers Charged Football (Nintendo)
1420WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo)

Finally, finishing off this week with the 'Individual Format Top 40' list ranked by 'Units', as mentioned earlier, Mario & Sonic holds onto No.1 again, out-pacing the individual listings for Burnout on 360 and PS3. Wii Play forces its way up two to No.4, Brain Training is down three to No.5, Link's Crossbow Training hits its peak, up four to No.10 and Ghost Squad nibbles its way up one to No.11 in a week where Nintendo games account for a stupefying twenty-seven out of the forty!

Disclaimer: Remember that the image at the top of this article is not representative of the actual market share and that if the above short versions of the tables do not appeal to you, the full chart listings can be found in their original tabular format by following the link below:

Chart Track UK

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Wii Play needs to die.

Why does it need to die?

Interesting to see Link's Crossbow Training shooting back up. Seems Nintendo is finally getting enough stock onto shelves!

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Interesting to see how well games did..

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