UK game charts: September 10-16

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy jumps up from number three to number one, pushing Dead Rising off the top spot.

The Xbox 360-exclusive Dead Rising took the UK by storm a few weeks ago, becoming the fastest-selling 360 title to date and taking the all-formats number one slot in the sales charts in the process. It was a short-lived success, though, as Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy snatched the top slot for the week of September 10-16 and forced Capcom's zombie horror game to number two.

The latest top 10 games chart for the UK sees no debuts, with most games merely content to shuffle around a few places. Perennial chart residents New Super Mario Bros. and Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (known as Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day in the US) both gained places. Also making an impressive climb into the top 10 is the first Lego Star Wars game (originally released last year) at number nine--no doubt buoyed by the success of its sequel--and Cars, which jumps up one place to number four.

While five games improved their lot on the charts for the week, there were five that went the other way. Saints Row and Test Drive Unlimited each dropped one spot, to three and five respectively. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has been in the top 10 for 13 weeks, but its grip is slipping as it fell to number eight. Meanwhile The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff dropped from sixth place to eleventh, nudged out of the number 10 spot by its parent game, The Sims 2.

One has to look further down the chart for new games, with only three games released during the week making the top 40. The highest new entry is Namco's PlayStation Portable game Tekken: Dark Resurrection, which despite strong reviews only managed to enter at number 12. Sega's Yakuza arrived at number 20, while THQ's Broken Sword: The Angel of Death limped in at number 33.

If Lego Star Wars II wants to keep its spot on top for more than one week, it will have to fend off a number of high-profile new releases in the UK. The week of September 17-23 is set to see The Godfather finally reach the Xbox 360, while LMA Manager 2007 and NHL 07 are also released on the console. EA Sports stablemate Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 arrives on the PlayStation 2, PC, PSP, and Xbox. Speaking of the PSP, the budget-priced Metal Gear Solid Digital Graphic Novel will also be thrown into the mix.

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m0zart
m0zart

haloj wrote: I just checked the chart on the ELSPA site where the data is sourced. The 360 version is at #1 with the PS2 version of Lego Star Wars at #9. Source: http://www.elspa.com/?c=/charts/uk.jsp I just checked that link and it says nothing specifically about the 360 version. It has a link that does a search on spong, and that search happens to come up with the 360 version. That's no indication IMO that this was referring to the 360 version of the game specifically.

m0zart
m0zart

haloj wrote: I'm curious about the accuracy of the chart seeing as Lego Star Wars for the PS2 makes it into the charts twice. Position 1 and 9. No. 1 is Lego Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy for the PS2. No. 9 is the original Lego Star Wars for the PS2, released over a year ago. It's been selling again due to the fact that the second one is now released.

_Sam_
_Sam_

haven't played lego star wars 2 yet

bobreturns
bobreturns

lol these charts mean nothing there only from 1 store and the majority of them are just parents buying a game they think there child will play

GTCzeero
GTCzeero

"I'm curious about the accuracy of the chart seeing as Lego Star Wars for the PS2 makes it into the charts twice. Position 1 and 9." Position 9 is Lego Star Wars 1, not the new one. Check the release date.

shasam712
shasam712

Ali_Bubble_67: Looks like the UK is going to be the last region to jump on the DS bandwagon. There are two DS titles in the top ten. Considering that those titles only appear on the DS and 2 of the titles above them were multi-platform that is very good. Trust me, the DS is very popular in the UK.

Ali_Bubble_67
Ali_Bubble_67

Looks like the UK is going to be the last region to jump on the DS bandwagon.

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

toxicmog: hmmm...it appears Xbox360 is starting to become popular in UK as well as America...I wonder if this means that sooner or later it's gonna be popular in Japan.

toxicmog
toxicmog

Haloj Good find on that Link :P So the top three UK games are all Xbox 360 XD

m0zart
m0zart

Lord_Regnier wrote: m0zart its an all formats chart just because GS put the pic of that version doesnt mean it was only that one that sold. It's not just that Gamespot listed the PS2 game cover. It's that it specifically lists the PS2 version in the description of the list winners. It's also that in previous lists of this type, different versions of games released on multiple platforms were highlighted individually. Football games from the last two weeks already highlight this. I have no reason to doubt you specifically, but I do have reason to doubt that your conclusions on the list are correct.

haloj
haloj

I'm curious about the accuracy of the chart seeing as Lego Star Wars for the PS2 makes it into the charts twice. Position 1 and 9. 1: "LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Publisher: LucasArts Developer: Traveller's Tales Platform: PS2 Category: Action Adventure" 9: "Lego Star Wars Publisher: Eidos Interactive | Platform: PS2 | Category: Action Adventure"

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

What people don't understand about the multi-format chart, which is why it was originally a trade only chart and I do not think it should be used for public sale indications, is that it entirely depends on how many formats a game is released on! A game is released on XBox 360 only and sells a miilion copies. Another game comes out on XBox 360 AND PS2 AND PC and sells 400,000 on each format - total 1.2 million sales. Now what is the more popular game? A game that sells 1.2 million across 3 formats or one that sells a million based on one format? That surely is very subjective - and that's why this multi-format chart should not be used. Charts should be definite, not subjective. If it's subjective, what is the point of it - for public consumption, I mean? it's just confusing. Hence the comments here every week.

shasam712
shasam712

Smartiepants You'd think from the way that story puts it that Dead Rising had suddenly flopped - in fact, it's still selling by the truckload and is easily Capcom's biggest success for years. Dude...Resident Evil 4 came out last year, so Dead Rising is not Capcom's biggest success for years. It's there biggest success recently, and rightly so!

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

How comes Lego Star Wars has made it back as well? I have quite a few of these game for some months now. So, it shows that not a lot is changing recently.

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

360 Rules!!:) Im so glad Lego Star Wars is top it deserves it:) Star Wars 4 Life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! m0zart its an all formats chart just because GS put the pic of that version doesnt mean it was only that one that sold.

-thr33
-thr33

Cars has gone up one :(, at least it's not filled with all sim's 2 stuff :P

Ices100
Ices100

Lol 360 rules what it will be a memory when nintendos system comes out.

axes03
axes03

360 RULES!!!!!!!!!

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

Lego Star Wars II: Cool! It's a charming game and deserves to be there! Dead Rising: Pretty good zombie game Cars:It's...okay Test Drive Unlimited: Heard it was good

m0zart
m0zart

Smartiepants wrote: You'd think from the way that story puts it that Dead Rising had suddenly flopped - in fact, it's still selling by the truckload and is easily Capcom's biggest success for years. Lego Star Wars is available on seven platforms - it was bound to make the top spot. TDU and Saints Row are also both still selling incredibly well. Another great week for the 360. Actually, it was the PS2 version that made the top spot, not the conglomorate of all versions available on each platform. If anything, that is more impressive. It means that in spite of the fact that it could have been purchased on any currently supported platform (each of these purchases subtracting from the PS2's winning tally), the PS2 version was still able to grab the top spot. The overall tally can't help but be even more impressive. I also don't think that this news blurb implies failure on the part of "Dead Rising". It is listed in the number two spot after all. The "short-lived success" listed is clearly referring to its number one spot.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

nsmb just cant leave any regions sales charts lol good game indeed

Smartiepants
Smartiepants

You'd think from the way that story puts it that Dead Rising had suddenly flopped - in fact, it's still selling by the truckload and is easily Capcom's biggest success for years. Lego Star Wars is available on seven platforms - it was bound to make the top spot. TDU and Saints Row are also both still selling incredibly well. Another great week for the 360.

Rossdaboss777
Rossdaboss777

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ninjajuggalo810
ninjajuggalo810

i wouldnt say xbox360 is a dominating force being that europe bought more ps2 games meaning xbox is like third worldwide under ps2 and nds but it does suprise me how much they are willing to pay for games they pay about 75 bucks a game for those xbox and about 60-65 bucks for the ps2

thepeter
thepeter

Cars is becoming an annoyance.

fordies
fordies

I wouldnt say dominant force quite yet because sales are still pretty slow over here in genral so it doesnt take huge sales figures to get to the top of the chart but the signs are looking good. It will be interesting to see where the next weeks new releases go on the chart because tiger woods might sell because of the ryder cup and then metal gear solid and the godfather could sell just by the name. Im not sure about LMA because they are not exactly big name games anymore and NHL not exactly a big sport here.

thekey
thekey

So we have ST Row and Dead rising Xbox360 exclusives putting up numbers that Multi-Platform games sales! Wow the 360 is becoming a dominate force. GO 360!!!!!!

IrishRage
IrishRage

Good to see 360 games performing well.

fordies
fordies

Dont forget this chart represents overall game sales from all platforms so to see 360 exclusive compete against the multi platform games is a good sign for them and especially when those multi platform games are more centred for the younger and casual gamers which is the majority of the UK market just makes it an even bigger achievement.

Scammeleon
Scammeleon

hey SUPRAMAN84, Lego rules. and lego star wars is probably the best satr wars game out in recent years (for a console at least) 360 seems seems to be performing quite well... Be interesting to see whether the UK will embrace the Wii or PS3 more.

SR71halo
SR71halo

It's just good that cars isn't number 1 anymore but GTA: LCS is going down.

dexter111344
dexter111344

I only like two of those games, NSMB & Brain Age. Oh well... people have different tastes...

diggyzoom
diggyzoom

Cars AGAIN ? Wow , that game has sold a ton across all platforms

COBHC_reaper
COBHC_reaper

What happened to the artsy smart Englishmen I used to know?

SUPRAMAN84
SUPRAMAN84

You know the industry is slow when a Lego game tops the chart.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Nice to see a good game on top. Dead Rising was on top last week so its nice to see it still selling well.