EA's multiformat racer is still in pole position at the top of the UK All-formats game chart, hanging on for a second week at number one after the release of the Xbox version.
There were three new entries in the top 10 this week: WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007 at two, Call of Duty 3 at three, and Medieval II: Total War at nine. Call of Duty 3 has the honour of being the UK's second fastest-selling Xbox 360 game--the first being Pro Evolution Soccer 6. Other new entries include Nintendo's Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue at 14 and Buzz! The Sports Quiz at 31.
The PlayStation Portable version of LucasArts' Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was launched this week, and has propelled the title back into the top 10 in its 10th week since the game's launch.
The biggest climber of the week was the Nintendo DS title Nintendogs: Dalmatian & Friends, up six places to 21, perhaps inspired by the trainable Nintendo plush dogs seen for sale at counters in UK game shops this week. The biggest downward mover of the week was Neverwinter Nights 2, down 24 places to 38.
There are plenty of child-friendly games in the top 40 this week, including two Bratz titles--Bratz: Forever Diamondz, on its second week of PS2, GC, and GBA release, sneaks in at 37, and previous game Bratz: Rock Angelz tags along behind its buddy by reentering the charts at 40. A DS version of Diamondz will be released next week, which may well keep the title in the top 40 for a little longer.
Next week will see the release of the highly anticipated Xbox 360 title Gears of War, which is a strong contender for the number one slot. Other titles out next week include Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII for the PS2, Tony Hawk's Project 8 for the PS2 and Xbox, The Sopranos: Road to Respect for the PS2, Harvest Moon DS, and Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 for the PSP.