Mario and Sonic are Comeback Kings


‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games’ stages a Herculean comeback, jumping back into the All Formats Top 40 at No1 with renewed stock handing Sega’s Wii title its third All Formats gold medal.

It is the third different title to reach No1 so far this year, selling more than twice as much as the next title on an individual format (Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training). Activision’s multi-format ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’ has to settle for a drop of one place to No2 (-19%). Half of the All Formats Top 10 is made up of games that are exclusive to Nintendo formats (DS/Wii), boosted by renewed Wii and in particular DS Lite hardware stock. The last time 5 DS/Wii exclusive games featured in the All Formats Top 10 was in week 38 2007. 85% of sales from the Top 10 Individual Format Chart (Units) are from titles only released on Nintendo formats. The brain training games both benefit, each up 4 places with the original at No4 and the sequel at No5, while ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ breaks into the All Formats Top 10 for only the third time since its launch 10 weeks ago, up from No15 to No8. Every multi-format giant in the All Formats Top 10 loses sales except ‘The Simpsons Game’ which is up one place to No3 (+9%). Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’ slips from No3 to No6, EA’s ‘FIFA 08’ drops from No2 to No7 and Activisions’s ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’ falls from No5 to No9. Sega’s light gun (Wii Zapper) game ‘Ghost Squad’ is a new entry at No20, just ahead of the official Wii Zapper bundled game ‘Link’s Crossbow Training’ which re-enters the Top 40 at No22. The only other game released this week to debut in the All Formats Top 40 is Capcom’s ‘Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure’ at No25.

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