Mario plumbs new heights


Nintendo manage to avoid any banana skins with ‘Mario Kart Wii’ sitting pretty at the top of the All Formats Chart, only dropping 22% in sales in its second week.

The All Formats Top 5 consists of games by 4 different Japanese publishers (Nintendo, Sega, Sony and Konami) and with the exception of ‘Gran Turismo 5: Prologue’, down one place to No3, they are all selling the strongest on Nintendo Wii. Nintendo’s format is due to get a further boost next week with the release of ‘Wii Fit’, but in the meantime it is EA who have the highest new entries thanks to the multi-format ‘UEFA Euro 2008 Austria-Switzerland’ debuting at No8 and ‘The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff’ on PC at No20. There are six games in the All Formats Top 30 that feature either Mario or Sonic and the duo’s Olympic Games title is still performing well, swapping places with GT5, up from No3 to No2. Konami’s ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2008’ holds on to No4 for a 4th consecutive week despite pressure from retailer-promoted ‘Sega Superstars Tennis’ which rises 6 places up the rankings to No5. Retailer Wii hardware bundles help boost ‘Rayman Raving Rabbids 2’ back up the chart, this week’s highest climber up from No32 to No22. The only other Top 40 new entry is the first gun-game for PS3, Sony/Namco’s ‘Time Crisis 4’, shooting its way in at No24.

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