The Charts: Mario Kart Races GT5 Prologue

Nintendo reaps the benefits of huge launch

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The Charts: Mario Kart Races GT5 Prologue
Mario Kart Wii has overtaken Gran Turismo 5 Prologue in the Charts, snatching the Number 1 spot in its first week of sale.

Chart-Track, which collates the UK games industry's sales figures, tells us that it has had a bigger launch week than all five other Mario games on the Wii (Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Strikers, Mario Party 8 and Super Paper Mario) combined. It has also had the eighth biggest launch week of any game in the UK. Ever.

Another Mario statistic thrown out there by Chart-Track is the fact that the mascot's games have accounted for an impressive 21.2% of all Wii software sales since the console launched. The tubby plumber is now represented in no less than four games in the All Formats Top 40. SEGA's Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has dropped one place to Number 3, right behind Sony's GT5 Prologue. New Super Mario Bros. on the DS sits at Number 23, while Mario Kart DS has been given a helping hand back into the Top 40 at Number 30.

Anyway, enough about the moustachioed pipe fixer. Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is a non-mover at Number 4, while Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 slips two places to sit behind it at Number 5.

Condemned 2 from SEGA sheds 20% of last week's sales, occupying the Number 6 spot. Activision is twice-represented in the Top 10, with Guitar Hero III down two places at Number 8 and Call of Duty 4 climbing one place to meet it at Number 9. The release of PC and DS versions of Assassin?s Creed help it stealthily climb from Number 27 to Number 15.

It's a relatively quiet week for new releases this week, but keep an eye out for Time Crisis 4 on the PS3, the PC release of Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and UEFA Euro 2008 on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and PSP in next week's Charts.

You can see the Top 10 in full below (last week's position is bracketed). You can see the Top 40 in full here.

(NE) 1 Mario Kart Wii - Nintendo
(1) 2 Gran Turismo 5: Prologue - SCEE
(2) 3 Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games - SEGA
(4) 4 Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 - Konami
(3) 5 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 - Ubisoft
(5) 6 Condemned 2 - SEGA
(8) 7 Wii Play - Nintendo
(6) 8 Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock - Activision
(10) 9 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Activision
(13) 10 Carnival: Funfair Games - 2K Play

Comments

deleted 15 Apr 2008 10:32
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Mario Kart Wii, is so much fun, and the use of new and old tracks like DS version is brilliant.
Horatio 15 Apr 2008 11:56
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haritori wrote:
Mario Kart Wii, is so much fun, and the use of new and old tracks like DS version is brilliant.


Yeah, I had a late night session with it last night and was pretty pleased with it. I did find that handling seemed a little loose though, perhaps that was due to my playing it with the wheel so I'm going to see how I go with a GC pad.

I wasn't so pleased with the track design to be honest. The new tracks are really good, I found them to be great fun and they def stick to the Mario Kart formula but the old tracks, particularly ones from the SNES look very flat with not much going on. A wasted opportunity in my opinion. The trick system however is ace, especially the many ramps and pulling a risky wheelie on the bikes :-)

I'm very pleased that the game made No.1, not just because I am, at heart, a huge Nintendo fanboy, but because it is nice to see Nintendo consistently fighting in the charts. I've watched for years as N64 and Cube titles repeatedly failed to make an impact and it is great to see the Wii getting stuck into the battle.

Roll on Smash Bros, I expect great things from it!
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deleted 15 Apr 2008 12:01
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Agreed, and with so many Wii`s out there perhaps it would be nice to see some of those cube classics put back out there,

Billy Hatcher, Eternal Darkness, Resident Evil 0, Doshin the Giant, P.N.03, Skies of Arcadia, etc

games that are great in there own right deserve a larger audience.
OptimusP 15 Apr 2008 13:24
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haritori wrote:
Agreed, and with so many Wii`s out there perhaps it would be nice to see some of those cube classics put back out there,

Billy Hatcher, Eternal Darkness, Resident Evil 0, Doshin the Giant, P.N.03, Skies of Arcadia, etc

games that are great in there own right deserve a larger audience.


Don't say this out loud! you'll give them ideas!!! Say you want sequels of these games on the Wii...not ports!!! sheesh...

Well...Treasure could be making Sin of Punisment 2 for the Wii...that would make my day so much...
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