UK Games Chart: Mario Kart No. 1, Brain Training breaks records

Nintendo's Mario Kart holds onto the number-one position, while Dr Kawashima's Brain Training marks a record-breaking 80th week in the top 10.

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Nintendo has long enjoyed being a permanent fixture on the UK Chart Track Top 40, but this week's chart cemented the company's mastery of the long tail. Mario Kart Wii was released some four months ago, but this week holds onto the number-one position for a second week, while Dr Kawashima's Brain Training marks its 80th appearance in the Top 10. Chart-Track's Web site notes that the 80th weekly appearance beats the original Tomb Raider, making it a record-breaking appearance for Dr Kawashima.

Perhaps coinciding with the Olympics, the rest of the chart is filled with official tie-ins and other sports games. Wii Fit takes up second position, with stocks seemingly hitting British store shelves on a more regular basis, while Sega's Beijing 2008 and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games hit positions three and four respectively. THQ's Big Beach Sports is also proving to have legs despite a lukewarm critical reception, spending its ninth week in a row in the top 10.

No new releases make the All Formats Top 40, but two week-old games from Eidos and Empire make progress in the chart: Eidos' Summer Athletics is up from No. 25 to No. 12, and Empire's Off Road makes its first Top 40 appearance at No. 28. This Friday sees a few major releases, among them Tiger Woods 08 on all formats, and Ferrari Challenge on the Wii and PlayStation 2.

Discussion

44 comments
Ghosty1212
Ghosty1212

That's awesome! I loved both of those games.... I need to move to the UK. :P Lol. JK.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

So it appears the so called "gimmick" "last-gen" etc. etc. are out living their due life. hmmm... the dunce people including Sony will have to hold their breath a little longer, say, 2-4 years. The fad is here to stay. Nintendo are right where they belong. You understand?!

andjeff
andjeff

Who doesn't have Brain Training?

mmogoon
mmogoon

Damn. Us Brits sure love our gimmicks...

macacd
macacd

Is this right? Wasn't Sensible soccer in the top 40 for 2 years?

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Very similar to our Australian charts but atleast we know not to buy Carnival Games, WALL-E and Big Beach Sports.

Neilo_
Neilo_

wiifan001, they are all wii games, i think they just add all the sales togreether, and then feeling bad for the other systems put their name there

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Can we PLEASE not have this multi machine chart any more?! It means nothing! Release a crappy game on 7 formats that sells a paltry 500,000 on each format and you get 3,500,000 sales. Now have a fantastic PC or 360 or whatever title that comes out on just one format that does really well and sells 3,000,000 copies and what do you get? The crappy multi-format title that actually sold poorly is at number one, and the fantastic game on one format is number two! I find this patently stupid! So can we go back to what we used to have - top 10 charts for each of the major formats AS WELL AS the multi-format chart?! That way, we can see what's selling and not selling FOR OUR MACHINE, and then we can compare that with other machines, and finally we can see how it all changes with a multi-format chart!

Stabby
Stabby

Do please realise there are actual gamers in the UK... because this doesn't make us look good...

thomas10soa
thomas10soa

WOW.... none of those games deserve a penny except maybe mario kart

wiifan001
wiifan001

6 Wii games!! and one DS game. Yes, Nintendo is continuing to triumph in sales and unit quantities.

wwefanforlife
wwefanforlife

Mario Kart is good game on the Wii it does deserve to be top of the charts mostly because it has good online play the only let down is people trying to hack it thats annoying. I can understand why Smash Bros Brawl is not at the top of the charts after all the delays in UK people in the UK just got it imported from America cause they were sick of waiting. To be honest there is no decent games out at the moment. Carnival Games, Big Beach Sports, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Beijing 2008 and Wall-E I don't understand why they are still in the top 10 there not that great to be in the top ten. If the games in the UK were not released so late it would possibly change the UK chart but instead people just get imports from America. A fine example of this is Soul Calibur Legends it got released last year in America November 20, 2007 while us in the UK get it on August 28th 2008, Trauma Center: New Blood still no release date for it in the UK which it was released in America last year, Smash Bros Brawl released in America March 9th 2008 it was released in the UK June 27, 2008. It is ridiculous just how long it takes for all the good games to come out here.

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

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doctorwang12
doctorwang12

i agree with 555fabulous21, guitar hero should b way up there then mario kart second then wii play but every game besides those SUCK

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

i agree with 555fabulous21, guitar hero should b way up there then mario kart second then wii play but every game besides those SUCK

Aquat1cF1sh
Aquat1cF1sh

Brain Age came out over two years ago. It's astonishing that it's up there. As for Carnival Games and Beijing 2008, well... *violent shudder*

yearof3000
yearof3000

OMG!!!! Carnival Games What da Hell!!! On the top five sales!!! IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!

okassar
okassar

Is this a joke?I mean seriously,the only even like SEMI good game is Mario Kart Wii,and it's seriously not that good,even if I had a Wii I would't buy it.Wii Fit,meh I guess that's good for old people.On Olympic games selling that goo?Are you kidding me?O ya,and what's this,omg,CARNIVAL GAMES?!?!?!?!That is the biggest joke in history,and then Wall-E....just WOW.If this in any way makes it more attractive to developers to make more bad games in the future,then count me as a mad person.

Fyre8892
Fyre8892

I'm all for expanding the casual gaming market, but this is just a scandal. I understand that different people have different tastes, but here's the problem I have with this. The more that mediocre like these are bought, the more they will be produced in the future, and the less quality games will be produced.

PsychoBear
PsychoBear

Why on earth people feel ashamed from this list is just... well.. stupid. The games attract to the casual gamers so there for it's going to get in the top charts, UK I find isn't a hardcore gaming country and therefore you won't see those uber cool games in the charts, if so, not for long. Besides Mario Kart is just so much fun with your mates. =D

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'm confused as to why people find this suprising. The most hyped and advertised games receive the most sales. It has been this way for as long as I can remember games advetising (I'm 27)).

scottiescott238
scottiescott238

To be frank , im quiet embarresed to be from the uk after looking at this.

MC_Raptor
MC_Raptor

topic of the moment purchases! the games that are top ten just so happen to be always over advertised byt the shop "game" so mum and dad buy these games for their kids, regardless of wether or not they are good. You can't take the top 10 seriously in the UK for how good a game is, but rather how much it is sold to you by "game" and even the not so pushy in the past but less of a true gamer store "gamestation" What hapened t all the people that knew what they were talking about. I ask someone in game a release date, spot on, ask someone if final fantasy xiii is based on the same world as any of the other final fantasys, I don't know what your talking about... I remember going into gamestation and actually talking to someone about games, now the best I can hope for is finding someone who knows the difference between 2 controllers... =(

elozl
elozl

Well what can you expect? Its Mario Kart!

tigger16
tigger16

I think the problem with most "hardcore" gamers is that they fail to realize there are other people out there who have their own opinions and tastes. Personally, I wouldn't have put most of those games in the top ten, but that's just MY opinion. Think about the auto industry. Why is the car the most popular vehicle in the world (HINT: It's not because of Lamborghini, Bentley, and Jaguar). Our hobby is really growing because of the casual gamer, and Nintendo is cashing in on that market. Not my cup of tea, but more power to them.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Lol at what people are buying these days .... no wonder shovel ware keeps getting thrown at the masses : Beijing 2008 .... my GOD wth is going through peoples minds ..... "carnival games" "big beach sports" Wii fit" "wii play" .... what the heck is next .... "10-games FOR THE PRICE OF ONE" "Learn to fold your clothing WII" "Wii Potty Training Super extreme deluxe edition alpha III!!!!"

555fabulous21
555fabulous21

Guitar hero deserves top and the rest are just shameful.

raverrozza
raverrozza

tjarwin do those games really bring out the true greatness of the wii?? not really as they would all be perfectly capable to be put on other systems. in fact they could be better. while yes they are good games, i dont agree the wii is a good console because it isnt and I for one have gotten over the gimmickry holidya period of the motion controls.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

What a rubbish list of games. I guess the Wii has to take advantage of the quiet before the storm - with all the games that gamers are actually looking forward to coming out in Oct/Nov

tjharwin
tjharwin

Yeah, I'll admit, 9/10 games for Wii do suck because they're from third party. But Mariokart Wii definitely deserves to be high as it is a purely excellent game I believe. Other games on Wii such as Super Smash Bros Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition really bring out the true greatness in the console which is ALWAYS overlooked by Microsoft and Sony fanboys. Instead, they just look at games like Wii Sports and Wii Fit and say "LOL what kinda gheys would play that console? I'm into high graphics and war-time FPS 'cause I'm so ub3r cool!!" Think again r-tards. The Wii has some good games going for it and the graphics in Nintendo games such as Twilight Princess, Galaxy and Brawl aren't as bad as people stereotype the console to have.

GANGSTASAN
GANGSTASAN

Well, at least the only good game there is at the top... All the games are friccken for wii. Aprat from that pathetic Olympics game.(The actual olmpics are good tho)

GANGSTASAN
GANGSTASAN

Well, at least the only good game there is at the top... All the games are friccken for wii. Aprat from that pathetic Olympics game.(The actual olmpics are good tho)

meakins2
meakins2

Wow! It's almost like there is an entire market for these 'casual' games! Who would have guessed? Oh yeah, apparently Nintendo, Sega and THQ. Now if only the press would clue in and rate these games against the target they were aiming for instead of Halo 3.

ferron321
ferron321

I cant actually understand why ANY of those would be in the top 10

dth_dlr
dth_dlr

can't believe Mario Kart is number 1

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

With every new month we see a top 10 dominated by light-weight pick-up and play games. This is disturbing to say the least. Developers will eventually begin to think it is the type of game that earns them that spot and follow suit...

games100
games100

Mario Kart Wii is fun. Would buy it if had wii