Solid Start for Konami


‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ flies the flag for Konami at the top of the All Formats Chart, becoming the 2nd fastest-selling PS3 game in the UK (behind ‘GTA IV’ but 2,000 units ahead of ‘GT5: Prologue’).

Released on Thursday only on Sony’s next-gen format, MGS4 denies ‘Lego Indiana Jones’ a second week at No1 despite sales of the multi-format LucasArts game falling by only 9%, bolstered by strong sales of the DS version and the release of a new PSP version. MGS4 beats MGS3 by 24,000 units, but falls 14,000 units short of overturning the launch week sales of the now legendary MGS2. Rockstar/Take 2’s ‘GTA IV’ slips another place, down to No3, while ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games’ shows no signs of running out of puff – a non-mover at No4. Nintendo believe it’s not just Mums that need their brains trained as the Father’s Day Dr. Kawashima DS Lite hardware bundle helps boost the ever-popular DS title back into the All Formats Top 10, up from No12 to No5. Two years old last week, Brain Training has now spent 74 weeks in the All Formats Top 10 (5 weeks more and it will equal the current record holder, ‘Tomb Raider’ with 79 weeks). ‘PES 2008’ may have dropped from No8 to No11, but Wii-exclusive ‘Sports Island’ gives the MGS publisher another All Formats Top 10 title this week, jumping from No14 to No8. Other than MGS4 the only other All Formats Top 10 new entry is ‘Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution’ from Take 2 at No9 – the first Civilization title to appear on a console, out on Xbox 360 and PS3. After 2 weeks in the All Formats wilderness, ‘Wii Fit’ returns to the Top 40, re-entering at No10 thanks to renewed stock. The only other All Formats Top 40 new entry this week is also from Take 2 – ‘Don King Presents: Prizefighter’ at No25.

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