Mario & Sonic Win Olympic Bronze in UK Charts
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Coming through the field
You'd expect a title released 38 and 25 weeks ago on Wii and 3DS, respectively, to have left the UK charts long ago, especially as it's not available on other platforms. Yet Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has achieved just that, consistently sitting in the top ten of the all-format software chart. Thanks to the launch of the real event it seems like UK gamers can't get enough Olympics goodness, with the Nintendo-exclusive titles rising back up to a new high of third in the charts.
Elsewhere, Pokémon Conquest had a modest start by entering the charts in 17th place, but UKIE does report that Pokémon is currently the 10th biggest seller of all videogame brands in the last 15 years, which isn't to be sniffed at. 3DS XL arrived on Saturday, meanwhile, but new titles Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! and New Art Academy both failed to reach the all-format top 40, with the latter being the only of the two to enter the 3DS chart in 9th place. The XL did prompt a boost for Mario Kart 7 which moved up to 13th place in the all-format list, while Super Mario 3D Land also jumped up to 20th.
A week of mixed news for Nintendo platforms and titles, with Mario & Sonic's athletic antics quickly becoming the sales success of the year.