The top three games in the UK game sales chart (THQ's Cars
, followed by Rockstar's GTA: Liberty City Stories
and Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros
) have remained exactly the same for the second week running, with only a single new release in the whole top forty.
Such situations are not uncommon in the British games market, though, which suffers more than many regions from an annual “games drought” – generally between June and August each year.
The only significant change in the top ten is the re-appearance of Need for Speed: Most Wanted
at number eight, following widespread retail promotions. Mass discounting of older titles is the usual retailer response to the games drought, with a number of older titles, notably the original version of The Sims
, proving to be strong sellers long after their initial release.
Predictably, the only genuine new entry in the top forty is a movie license, in this case THQ’s Monster House
at number eighteen – which is likely to move further up the chart in the wake of the film’s opening.
|2||2||Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories||Rockstar||PS2/PSP||27|
|3||3||New Super Mario Bros.||Nintendo||DS||7|
|5||4||Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?||Nintendo||DS||10|
|6||8||The Sims 2||EA||PS2/Xb/GC/PC/GBA/DS/PSP||64|
|7||5||Pro Evolution Soccer 5||Konami||PS2/Xb/PSP/PC||42|
|8||14||Need for Speed: Most Wanted||EA||All Formats||47|
|9||7||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||BVG||GBA/DS/PSP||6|
|10||11||Over the Hedge||Activision||PS2/Xb/GC/PC/GBA/DS||10|
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2006 ELSPA