Mario Kart steers ahead of Olympic surge


Nintendo’s ‘Mario Kart Wii’ overtakes fellow Wii blockbuster ‘Wii Fit’ at the top of the All Formats Chart, moving up 2 places from No3 (+6%) and ensuring that Nintendo clock up 9 All Formats No1’s in the past 19 weeks.

‘Wii Fit’ slacks off, sales down 24% at No2, but remains ahead of Sega’s rejuvenated Olympics titles with ‘Beijing 2008’ (No1 on Xbox 360 and PS3) sprinting 10 places to No3, while ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games’ climbs 4 places to No4. Nintendo and Sega now share the Top 5 thanks to ‘Wii Play’ holding on to No5. Nintendo claims the lead format on 8 of the Top 10 games with 6 out of the 10 exclusive to Wii or DS. Nintendo’s formats are performing well across the board with 15 DS or Wii games in the Individual Formats (units) Top 20. Activision-Blizzard maintain 2 Guitar Hero games in the Top 10 with ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’ a non-mover at No6 and DS ‘Guitar Hero: On Tour’ down from No7 to No10. There are only 2 new games that make the Top 40 this week and both are sports titles: EA’s ‘Madden NFL 09’ at No17 and ‘Summer Athletics’ from Eidos at No25.

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