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Wii Fit Outpaces Competition In UK Charts

The traditional summer games drought has begun to bite hard in the weekly UK charts, with games for the Wii and Nintendo DS taking up 30 of the spaces in the top 40. Wii Fit remains at number one, while the only new entry is a crossword collection.

David Jenkins, Blogger

August 12, 2008

2 Min Read

The traditional summer games drought has begun to bite hard in the weekly UK charts, with no new entries in the top ten and a fifth consecutive week on top for Wii Fit. Nintendo’s health-conscious hardware bundle has now enjoyed a total of six weeks at number one since launching in April - after only coming back into full stock in the last few weeks. Sales of Wii Fit were up 13 percent, with Mario Kart Wii - also unmoved at number two – up 11 percent. Indeed, all the Wii titles in the top ten saw rises in sales this week, with THQ’s Big Beach Sports up 4 percent, Wii Play up 12 percent and Brain Training (aka Brain Age) up 4 percent. With no major releases due until next month in the UK, the only new entry was Nintendo DS title Puzzler Collection from Ubisoft at number 26. The semi-budget priced collection includes such stalwart time-passers such as Sudoku, crosswords and wordsearches and is licensed from the popular series of magazine collections. The only other movement of note involves the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which re-appears at number twenty-seven thanks to retailer promotions. Wii titles Sega Superstars Tennis and Sonic and the Secret Rings also benefit from the current upsurge in Wii sales, with re-entries in the lower half of the chart. Overall in the top 40, there are fifteen titles each for the Wii and Nintendo DS, leaving only six for the Xbox 360, four for the PlayStation 3 and none at all for the PlayStation 2, PSP and PC.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Format

1

1

Wii Fit

Nintendo

Wii

2

2

Mario Kart Wii

Nintendo

Wii

3

4

Big Beach Sports

THQ

Wii

4

7

Wii Play

Nintendo

Wii

5

5

Guitar Hero: On Tour

Activision

DS

6

3

SoulCalibur IV

Ubisoft

360

7

8

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training

Nintendo

DS

8

6

SoulCalibur IV

Ubisoft

PS3

9

10

Carnival Funfair Games

Take-Two

Wii

10

11

Sports Party

Ubisoft

Wii

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About the Author(s)

David Jenkins

Blogger

David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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