It wasn't just Spidey's stickiness that caught SPOnG's eye this morning when the Charts hit
. The full-price GameCube and full-price Xbox charts are no longer being covered by Chart-Track, which supplies games market statistics for the UK.
SPOnG spoke to Chart-Track, which confirmed that both charts have been dropped. A representative explained, ?There's just not enough titles selling any more to warrant doing those charts.?
The disappearance of the Xbox chart will raise few eyebrows, since the hardware has been out of production since 2005, Nintendo, however, remains adamant that it still manufactures the GameCube.
SPOnG contacted Nintendo to find out whether the lack of sales activity that prompted Chart-Track to drop its GameCube full-price chart listing is enough to stop Nintendo supporting it. We were met with, ?We are still producing GameCube hardware and software - all you can read into that is that Chart Track are not covering GameCube charts any more.?
We're still a little bemused as to why Nintendo - which is having problems manufacturing sufficient Wiis to fulfil the enormous demand - should still be making the older machine. GameCube games can be played on Wii - and fabrication of the 'Cube could be turned over to Wii. But, frankly, right now Nintendo is getting things right, so we'll wait and see.
Do you ever dust off your GameCube and eagerly scout the shelves of your local games retailer for new releases? Answers in the Forum, please.