Pokemon Diamond shines brightest


Potter-mania is replaced by Poke-mania as Nintendo’s hugely successful franchise debuts with DS games ‘Pokemon Diamond’ at No1 and ‘Pokemon Pearl’ at No3. ‘Pokemon Diamond’ becomes the fastest selling DS game as well as the 2nd fastest selling Pokemon game, behind ‘Pokemon Yellow’ on Gameboy Colour which was released over 7 years ago.

Activision’s multi-format ‘Transformers: The Game’ almost spoils Nintendo’s party with the launch of the film helping boost sales by 76%, but failing to catch ‘Pokemon Diamond’ at the top by only 217 units. ‘Transformers: The Game’ remains at No2 in the All Formats Chart and holds on to top spot in the PS2 and Xbox 360 Charts with the PSP version climbing to No1 this week. ‘Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix’ falls from No1 to No4 as sales level out. There are now 4 DS exclusives and 2 Wii exclusives in the All Formats Top 10 (all published by Nintendo) with the remaining 4 Top 10 titles all released across a large number of formats (from publishers Activision and EA). ‘Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree’ proves that brain training is not just a DS phenomenon by increasing sales by 44% on its launch week, but falling one place to No5, while ‘Wii Play’ drops 2 places to No7 despite a rise in sales of 22%. Both brain training DS games continue to sell well despite ‘More Brain Training’ slipping 3 places to No6 and the original dropping one place to No9. The All Formats Top 10 is rounded off by ‘Shrek the Third’ at No8 and ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07’ at No10, while there are new entries for ‘Rugby 08’ from EA at No22 and Activision’s DS game ‘Transformers: The Game – Autobot’ at No38.

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