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UK game charts: June 25-July 1

Grand Theft Auto continues to tell its story, but Nintendo enjoys a super showing from debutant Mario.


Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories continues to sell well--it remains top of the UK all-format (all-price) games chart after its release last week on the PlayStation 2. The DS Lite's UK launch on June 23 also seems to have had an impact on game sales, with four titles for the portable platform making the top 10, headed up by a debut at number two for New Super Mario Bros.

As a result of Mario's return to the charts, 2006 FIFA World Cup, Dr Kawashima's Brain Training, and Pro Evolution Soccer 5 each slipped a place to third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Tomb Raider: Legend held steady in sixth, still going strong since its release in April this year.

Over the Hedge climbed up five places to seventh, relegating Hitman: Blood Money and Nintendogs: Dalmatians & Friends to eighth and ninth. Animal Crossing: Wild World hung on to round off the chart in 10th.

Other new entries included Over G Fighters in 13th position and Titan Quest, which entered at 25th. The week's biggest faller was Sensible Soccer 2006, which slipped nine places to 18th--the World Cup's influence seems finally to be waning, with only two football titles remaining in the top 10 this week.

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