There is not a single new entry in Chart Track's UK game sales top forty this week, as the top three remains unchanged for the fourth week in a row - featuring THQ's Cars
, Rockstar's GTA: Liberty City Stories
, and Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros
, in that order.
Although the so-called summer games drought is a traditional feature of the British games industry, this year’s has been particularly severe. Coupled with the usual paucity of releases in the months after Christmas, the UK game retail industry has remained in a state of near-stasis for a significant time now.
With publishers failing to take advantage of the lack of competition with new releases, retailers have continued to discount older titles. The Sims
series continues to prove popular, with the start of the English soccer season seeing both last year’s entries in the Pro Evolution Soccer
franchises back in the top ten.
Other older titles returning to the charts include The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
at number twenty-five, True Crime: New York City
at number twenty-seven, the evergreen The Simpsons: Hit & Run
at number thirty-three, Worms: Open Warfare
at number thirty-five, The Matrix: The Path of Neo
at number thirty-seven and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
at number thirty-eight.
|2||2||Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories||Rockstar||PS2/PSP||41|
|3||3||New Super Mario Bros.||Nintendo||DS||8|
|4||6||The Sims 2||EA||PS2/Xb/GC/PC/GBA/DS/PSP||93|
|5||7||Pro Evolution Soccer 5||Konami||PS2/Xb/PSP/PC||44|
|6||5||Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?||Nintendo||DS||11|
|7||8||Need for Speed: Most Wanted||EA||All Formats||39|
|9||16||Animal Crossing: Wild World||Nintendo||DS||19|
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2006 ELSPA