UK Game Charts: Xmas Number 1 Already?

Where's Rock Band 2?

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UK Game Charts: Xmas Number 1 Already?
What will be Xmas Number 1? Call of Duty: World at War at Number 1 still but Need for Speed: Undercover has actually made up some ground in a chart that makes for interesting sales reading.

To give you an idea of just how well Call of Duty: World at War is doing for Activision Blizzard, here's a little nugget of information: three quarters of games in this week's UK All Formats Top 40 have increased their sales over last week. Call of Duty: World at War is not one of those titles – it lost 30% of last week's sales – but it's still at Number 1. That's how big it's been selling - it can drop a third of its sales and still be at Number 1.

Both of last week's new big hitters climb two places. That lands Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Undercover (up 35%) at Number 2, while Eidos's Tomb Raider Underworld makes it to Number 7 (up 12%).

Right behind NFS is another EA title – FIFA 09, with a sales jump of 35%. Despite said jump, it still loses a Chart position, having sat at Number 3 last week. Given what replaced it, EA probably isn't complaining...

Nintendo's Mario Kart Wii is still going strong. Despite dropping a place to Number 4 (and having been in the Charts for 34 weeks already), its sales are up 17%. Right behind it is another Nintendo title – Brain Training on the DS. Its 28% sales boost puts it up one place to Number 5. Elsewhere in the Top 10 Nintendo's Wii Play climbs two places to Number 8 with a 3% sales climb.

Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 has clambered up a couple of spots from the place now occupied by Wii Play, putting it at Number 6.

A little lower down the Top 10 is ActiBlizzard's Guitar Hero World Tour, up two places to Number 9.

Then, just scraping into the Top 10, we see Sony's Resistance 2 for the PS3. Despite the fact that the PS3 has been out for 20 months now and the first Resistance game was out at launch, the sequel only manages two thirds of the sales of the original.

Now for a couple of titles that may have disappointed their publishers – SEGA's Sonic Unleashed. In its first week of sale, the latest outing for SEGA's mascot doesn't make the Top 40. Next up we have Sony's LittleBigPlanet. It sees another drop this week, sliding from Number 24 to Number 32. Then we have... Rock Band 2. In its second week of release the currently-360-exclusive title still hasn't made an appearance in the All Formats Top 40.

You can see the Top 10 in full below (last week's positions are in brackets).

(1) 1 - Call of Duty: World at War - ActiBlizz
(4) 2 - Need For Speed: Undercover - EA
(2) 3 - FIFA ‘09 - EA
(3) 4 - Mario Kart Wii - Nintendo
(6) 5 - Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training - Nintendo
(8) 6 - Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - Konami
(9) 7 - Tomb Raider: Underworld - Eidos
(11) 8 - Wii Play - Nintendo
(RE) 9 - Guitar Hero: World Tour - ActiBlizz
(NE) 10 - Resistance 2 - Sony

As always, check out the latest and greatest in the charts this week in our charts section.


Amanda 19 May 2012 22:57
, I cautiously pdecirt that the final level will be Apotos from Sonic Unleashed, Sand Oasis from Sonic and the Secret of the Rings, or either Water Palace Zone, Coral Cave, or Blizzard Peaks from the Sonic Rush series. These stages are near the beginning of the game, where people remember the stages the most. Additionally, these stages have water features which would allow for the mandatory water level' that appears in virtually every Sonic game. Since photos of the Emerald Coast stage have yet to show either Sonic platforming underwater, it is safe to assume that a water level has yet to come.Alternatively, Chun-Nan Day from Sonic Unleashed, Night Palace from Sonic and the Secret of the Rings, or Dead Line Zone from Sonic Rush could be featured. Just throwing those out there. It's not going to happen, but in another reality it might.As for the Modern' boss, we can expect one of Eggman's inventions so that the boss order follows the console version of classic Machine, monster, modern machine. This boss' identity is still up in the air, so it could be anything from the Egg Nega Wisp from Sonic Colors to Exception (featuring the most epic music ever) from Sonic Rush. I would count out anything from Sonic and the Secret of the Rings due to the fact that Eggman is not in control; the Erazor Djinn would be more of a rival battle seeing as though the character has consciousness above a normal boss. Eggman mechas from Sonic Next Generation are possible excluded due to Silver's role as a rival, but that would cause a contradiction for the Final Hazard hypothesis, so Sonic Next Generation bosses are still a slim possibility. The machines from Sonic Unleashed have an equally slim chance due to the Egg Dragoon's inclusion in the console version of the game, but once again, almost anything is still possible at this point.This is all pure speculation but hopefully at least part of my pdecirtion will come true. I had an inkling Radical Highway would appear, and lo, it did. Now, say it with me Chun-Nan Day and Exception!
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