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Ashes Cricket 2009 Topples Wii Sports Resort In UK

Codemasters' Ashes Cricket 2009 managed to dethrone Nintendo's Wii Sports Resort last week in the U.K. -- the first time since 2007 that a UK-based publisher has topped weekly charts.
After two weeks on top, Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus-enabled Wii Sports Resort dropped to the number two spot in the UK for the week ended August 8, as Codemasters' Ashes Cricket 2009 stole the top slot on the all-platform sales roster, UK tracking firm Chart-Track said Monday. Chart-Track said Codemasters is the first UK-based game publisher to have a weekly number one game on the all-platforms sales charts since week six in 2007, when Eidos hit number one with Battlestations Midway. Codemasters last had a weekly number one four years ago with another cricket game, Brian Lara International Cricket 2005. Chart-Track attributed Ashes Cricket 2009's sales to an aggressive marketing campaign that led the game to outsell Brian Lara 2005 three to one. Wii Sports Resort sales dropped 49 percent from the prior week, but still managed to easily grab second place. Wii Fit was a distant third. Falling out of the top 10 from last week on the all-platforms chart -- which includes unit sales of all versions of a given title -- was Activision's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, THQ's UFC 2009: Undisputed, and EA's EA Sports Active. UK Charts: All Platforms 1. Ashes Cricket 2009 (Codemasters) 2. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo) 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo) 4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (EA) 5. Fight Night Round 4 (EA) 6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (EA) 7. Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood (Ubisoft) 8. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) 9. G-Force (Disney) 10. The Sims 3 (EA) When unit sales are split up between all of the different platforms, the Wii-exclusive Wii Sports Resort maintained its top spot on the individual formats list. Ashes Cricket 2009's sales were divided between Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. UK Charts: Individual Platforms 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii) 2. Ashes Cricket 2009 (Codemasters, PS3) 3. Ashes Cricket 2009 (Codemasters, Xbox 360) 4. Ashes Cricket 2009 (Codemasters, Wii) 5. Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) 6. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) 7. The Sims 3 (EA, PC) 8. EA Sports Active (EA, Wii) 9. Wii Play (Nintendo, Wii) 10. Fight Night Round 4 (EA, Xbox 360) Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2009 ELSPA Ltd

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