New this week: The Devil, Dinosaurs & Darts


Capcom celebrate No1 with ‘Devil May Cry 4’, the long-standing Sony PS2 exclusive arrives on PS3…but is now no longer entirely a Playstation brand and debuts simultaneously on Xbox360.

It has been nearly 3 years since the last version and ‘DMC4’ achieves something none of the other versions did – a No1 position on the All Formats chart and the individual format charts (DMC as a PS2 brand only ever got to No2). Xbox 360 takes the lion’s share of DMC4 sales with 61% over the 2 formats. Sega’s ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games’ climbs 2 places to No2 (+85%) thanks to the arrival of the DS version to accompany the huge-selling Wii version (half a million sales in its first 7 weeks). Given the fact that the Mario and Sonic title was actually No1 on this chart in the week prior to Christmas 2007, one wonders if Sega might have held on to the coveted Christmas No1 spot if the DS version had shipped back then. In third place is a re-working of an original classic from over 10 years ago, first released by Acclaim on N64 in 1997 – Disney’s ‘Turok’ on PS3/Xbox360 is the first game from Disney-owned Propaganda Games in Canada. With such a plethora of new releases EA’s ‘Burnout Paradise’ drops from No1 to No4 whilst the new release extravaganza continues with Oxygen’s ‘PDC World Championship Darts 08’ – released 3 weeks ago on PS2/PC, the arrival of the Wii version causes a storm at retail as it debuts here at No6 (and No2 on the Wii Chart). Also debuting strongly is Sega’s ‘The Club’ on Xbox360/PS3 at No9, Eidos’ ‘Conflict: Denied Ops’ on Xbox360/PS3/PC at No11 and a new DS brain trainer from Nintendo – ‘Professor Kageyama’s Maths Training’ at No16.

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