‘Test Drive Unlimited 2’ steers its way to the top this week to become Namco Bandai’s first ever All Formats No1 after its acquisition of Atari Europe.
It is over three and a half years since the first ‘Test Drive Unlimited’ with the Test Drive franchise itself dating back to 1987. TDU2 is by far the biggest launch in the franchise, outselling the launch of the previous title by more than double while adding popular new online community MMO style features. 68% of the launch week sales of TDU2 were on Xbox 360, 28% on PS3 and the rest on PC. ‘Dead Space 2’s two week reign at the top comes to an end as it falls to No2 (-51%), followed by fellow EA chart topper ‘FIFA 11’ (-47%) which also drops one place to No3. ‘Black Ops’ (-14%) just holds on to No4 ahead of ‘Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’ (-26%) which slips two places to No5.
Nintendo’s Mario games which were launched the previous week, both bound into the Top 10 with DS title ‘Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!’ (+72%) climbing 5 places to No6 and Wii game ‘Mario Sports Mix’ (+47%) up 4 places to No8. Ubisoft’s ‘Just Dance 2’ (-14%) hasn’t ever been outside the Top 10 and only drops one place to No7 this week, staying ahead of little brother ‘Dance Juniors’ (+290%) which shoots into the Top 40 in its second week of launch - in at No12. Retailer promotions on ‘Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition’ (+116%) and ‘Madden NFL 11’ (+267%) see the former jump back into the Top 10 at No9 and the latter re-enter the Top 40 at No14. ‘LittleBigPlanet’ (-36%) clings on to a Top 10 position, down 5 places to No10. Originally launched on Xbox 360 and DS ‘Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Cosmic Destruction’ (+671%) is also a re-entry, in at No17 thanks to new versions on Wii, PS3, PSP and PS2.