UK Chart Results Are Less Than Golden for Nintendo
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Not flying off the shelves
Each week we have two sets of charts to bring you. On the one hand Nintendo's Japanese hardware and software sales are always through the roof and dominating its competitors, while the UK software charts often give a very different impression. Regular hardware sales for the UK aren't provided, but this week's software top 40 includes just five titles exclusive to Nintendo platforms.
Many of the cross-platform big-hitters aren't on Nintendo platforms at all, or the Wii/3DS market share is minimal, so it's not a great set of results. Wii and 3DS title Mario & Sonic at the London Olympic Games seizes a top ten place in ninth, with DS and Wii represented by Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo and Mario Party 9 in 15th and 23rd respectively. 3DS mainstays Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are still selling in decent numbers, rounding out Nintendo's presence in 27th and 31st.
Unfortunately for the Operation Rainfall campaign, Pandora's Tower has slipped out of the charts having only scraped into 38th in its debut week. Here's hoping that sales elsewhere in Europe will pick up the slack.