In its ongoing quest to ‘catch ‘em all’ ‘Pokemon Ranger’ defeats last week’s All Formats Champion ‘TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, presenting Nintendo with their first All Formats No1 since ‘Pokemon Ruby’ on GBA just under 4 years ago.
‘Pokemon Ranger’ becomes the 6th Pokemon title to reach the top of the All Formats Chart in the past 10 years, while also being the first Pokemon title on DS to reach No1 in the DS chart. Ubisoft’s ‘TMNT’ slips one place to No2, almost losing out to ‘Wii Play’, which rises from No24 to No3 thanks to strong availability. It is another good week for Nintendo’s handheld – there are 7 DS exclusive games featuring in the All Formats Top 40 with ‘Harvest Moon DS’ from Rising Star Games storming into 4th place after not making the Top 40 when it was released last week. Other DS exclusives making their first All Formats Top 40 appearances are Nintendo’s ‘Hotel Dusk: Room 215’ at No22 in its second week, while ‘All-Time Classics’ re-enters at No21 and 505 Games’ ‘Cooking Mama’ gets its first taste of All Formats Chart success at No35. Two more PS3 games are launched this week, pushing the total number of PS3 games to 25. Both games are ports – Vivendi’s ‘F.E.A.R’ debuts at No3 in the PS3 Chart (No17 All Formats) behind ‘Motorstorm’ and ‘Resistance’, while the postponed ‘The Godfather’ from EA begins life in the PS3 Chart at No10. In a week low on the ground for new releases, the only individual format chart to witness a change at the top is Xbox 360 with ‘Crackdown’ up from No2 to No1.