Gran Turismo 4 positions itself at No4 in the fastest-selling-game starting grid with a rush of new releases and DS launch titles bumper to bumper at the top end of the All Formats Entertainment Chart.
Nintendo DS achieves the biggest launch week for any UK console (either CD or Handheld) with a projected UK sales of 87,000 units. Nintendo’s UK GBA launch week (week 25, 2001) was an estimated 67,000, while GBA SP managed 47,000 (week 13, 2003). However, before today Nintendo’s Gamecube was the fastest selling console over a launch week with 69,000 units (week 18, 2002) thanks to an extremely low launch price for a static console (around £127). DS launched on Friday with 16 titles available compared to 13 for the launch of the original GBA. Sony’s ‘Gran Turismo 4’ (PS2) becomes only the fourth title to sell more than a quarter of a million in a launch week, becoming the 4th fastest selling game ever behind ‘San Andreas’, ‘Vice City’ and ‘Halo 2’. Sony’s ultra-realistic car racing game almost squeezed past Halo 2 (260k total market units) and nearly outdid the combined launch week sales of Gran Turismo 1, 2 and 3 (285k total market units). Gran Turismo 4 is streets ahead at No1 in an All Formats Top 40 filled with Nintendo DS new releases. Konami’s ‘Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater’ (PS2) slithers down to No2 leaving the next 4 places to new entries – EA’s ‘FIFA Street’ (PS2/XB/GC) No3, Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario 64 DS’ No4, EA’s ‘The Sims 2: University’ (PC) No5 and Nintendo’s ‘Wario Ware Touched!’ (DS) No6. A total of 12 DS games make it into the All Formats Top 40 with 3 breaking into the Top 10. Behind the Mario and Wario games comes Ubisoft’s ‘Rayman DS’ at No10 and ‘Asphalt: Urban GT’ at No12 with the DS releases of EA’s ‘The Urbz: Sims in the City’ and ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005’ helping both titles jump up the chart to No15 and No16 respectively.