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Super Mario Galaxy 2 Shoots to Number Two in UK Charts

Posted by James Newton

Strong weekend sales for plumber's latest

We all know that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is something special, and it seems most of the UK public knows it as well, buying up enough copies since Friday's launch to put the game at number two in the UK all-formats chart.

Whilst it couldn't topple multiplatform behemoth Red Dead Redemption, second position is not to be sniffed at, with reportedly fewer than 1,000 units between the two titles. It is, however, the first territory where the game has not landed at the top slot, after extremely strong sales in Japan and North America.

In other charts news, recent puzzler release Rooms: The Main Building rose from number 12 to number 4 with evergreen Wii games Just Dance, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort also still present in the top ten.

[via mcvuk.com]

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Cipher

#1

Cipher said:

Marvellous! I did think it might hit the top spot but I'm not complaining that RDR got it instead. :)

JimLad

#4

JimLad said:

Well going up against multiplatform games is always going to be hard, they should split their entries really into each platform.
Still, which do you reckon will sell more over 6 months?...

Bigdog

#5

Bigdog said:

6 Months? Forget that... give it another two weeks and it will surpass.

MarkyVigoroth

#7

MarkyVigoroth said:

Thank you for telling me who is 1st, ad I am really pleased that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was #2. (How fitting!)

Guybrush_Threepwood

#8

Guybrush_Threepwood said:

The European release date was definitely a stupid marketing decision by Nintendo: At the same time the most popular sports event starts! Many (especially in the football fanatic UK) won't buy (or even think about) any videogames until World Cup is over.

PS: I will not complain about Red Dead Redemption at the top spot. The game is just awesome and deserves every credit. :)

Yoshii

#9

Yoshii said:

@8. And why is that a bad thing? I don't think Nintendo cares (much) about the first sales if it can get high sales afterwards.

Guybrush_Threepwood

#10

Guybrush_Threepwood said:

@Yoshii: High first sales lead to more publicity ==> more sales! And the game release would have probably attractred much more attention by media outside the videogaming world ==> more sales!

slatters

#11

slatters said:

This just goes to show how gaming has changed. The target audience is a lot different now to what it was 10 - 20 years ago. Well done for #2 spot.

HipsterDashie

#12

HipsterDashie said:

@Guybrush_Threepwood

Incredibly, there are a small proportion of us (myself included) who couldn't give two hoots about the world cup beyond "did we win/lose?"

I spent my Friday night playing Galaxy 2 and Halo 3.

RaylaxStaff

#13

Raylax said:

@12: I couldn't even give two hoots about the "did we win/lose" bit either :P
Football is boring. English football and American football (or Handegg, as I prefer to call it). Both dull and largely pointless.

hides in nuclear anti-flame bunker

ON TOPIC: Great news for Mario. This game is so brilliant.

Guybrush_Threepwood

#14

Guybrush_Threepwood said:

@SoulSilver IV: Not everybody is interested in football or the World Cup of course. But millions of Europeans are watching and celebrating it! So would you really release your Triple A blockbuster videogame on the same day the most popular and commented event of this year starts if you were head of Nintendo's marketing departement?

madgear

#15

madgear said:

Yeah it is a bit stupid releasing it on the opening day of the world cup. This is one of the most eagerly awaited games for me and I have the money but I'm going to wait until the tournament ends as I just wont have the time to play it with all the games. I'm even watching one right now...

iAlias

#16

iAlias said:

Mario can't be number 1! Remember...

First is the worst,
Second is the best,
Third is the one with the treasure chest,
Fourth is the one with the polka-dotted dress.
Seeing Mario in a dress would be funny but mean, and number three is pretty good, too.

jaw51

#17

jaw51 said:

Nice! I just got this game on Saturday and, though I'm only about ten stars in, I like it even more than the original! It should pass Red Dead soon, also.

Token_Girl

#20

Token_Girl said:

@labrat...so Wario should go for number 3?

@Jimlad
Wii games going up against multiplats (Xbox and PS3) seems fair to me, since the Wii has sold more than both of them combined. Not that initial sales will matter that much for a Mario title, this will sell big at Xmas and beyond.

Feld0

#21

Feld0 said:

@Raylax (#13): Seconded. Now...extend that statement to all professional sports, minus the Olympics (which I attended in person).

BACK TO TOPIC...
In any case, I'm glad to see SMG2 doing well. The first game fell a tad flat on sales, if I'm not mistaken.

RedSteel

#22

RedSteel said:

Shigeru Miyamoto is the father of Entertainment,he is like the god of gaming,only he can come up with an idea that will blow your mind away and truely make a mario game that can have you gaming 10 hours a day...And when he dies what will happen to mario...who will take his place....

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