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Mario & Sonic Take Gold Again In UK

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for Wii has returned to the top of the UK charts yet again, dethroning Army of Two on Xbox 360, as overall sales fall this week, with the highest new entry being No More Heroes at number fourteen.
Nintendo and Sega co-production Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games on Wii has returned to the top of the UK charts yet again, dethroning Army of Two on Xbox 360 after only a week. With the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic static at number four, the title also tops the combined sales chart once again. Overall sales have been down this week, with no new releases in the top ten. Combined sales of Mario & Sonic fell by 22 percent, with Electronic Arts’ Army of Two down 39 percent in its second week. The average release in the combined formats top forty has now been in the charts for eighteen weeks, with older Nintendo DS titles such as Brain Training and New Super Mario Bros. continuing to show particular longevity. In the individual format charts the fastest mover is Carnival Funfair Games from Take-Two Interactive – up ten places to number six on the back of widespread retail discounts and promotions. Including Mario & Sonic it is one of three third-party mini-game collections for the Wii in the top ten this week, with Midway’s Game Party at number nine, with widespread inclusion in unofficial hardware bundles. The highest new entry of the week is Wii exclusive No More Heroes at number fourteen – the most successful release ever for publisher Rising Star Games in the UK, and a far more successful debut than the game enjoyed in its native Japan. The only other genuine new entry of the week is Turning Point: Fall of Liberty at number thirty-four on Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 version of Codemasters and Spark Unlimited’s alternative history first person shooter has not charted in the top forty. Also new in the top forty this week, despite being released a week earlier, are THQ’s Baby Pals on Nintendo DS at number twenty-five, and Bully: Scholarship Edition on Wii at number twenty-six. Overall there are thirteen Nintendo DS titles in the top forty, with nine on Xbox 360, eight on Wii, five on PlayStation 3, three on PC, one on PSP (Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 at number nineteen) and one on PlayStation 2 (Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock at number twenty-four).
TWLWTitlePublisherFormat
12Mario & Sonic at the Olympic GamesSegaWii
21Army of TwoEA360
33Dr Kawashima's Brain TrainingNintendoDS
44Mario & Sonic at the Olympic GamesSegaDS
56Bully: Scholarship EditionRockstar360
614Carnival Funfair GamesTake-TwoWii
75Army of TwoEAPS3
811Cooking Mama 2505 GamesDS
97Game PartyMidwayWii
108Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - SoulstormTHQPC
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2008. ELSPA Ltd

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