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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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