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Wii Music Returns to UK All-Format Top 40

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Yes, really

After last week's excitement with 3DS XL arriving, and seeing some inevitable bumps in software sales, it's time to survey the scene and see whether the new handheld has brought a sustained boost to Nintendo's UK sales. The answer? Just about.

In terms of Nintendo exclusive titles, there are an encouraging five within the top 20 this week, according to the latest figures from UKIE. Rather predictably, Mario & Sonic at the London Olympic Games is still happy with bronze in third place, while Mario continues to do the business with Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land in 15th and 18th respectively. In some good news for its longevity, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is still holding its own in 19th, while kiddie-friendly DS title Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo sneaks into 20th.

That's a pretty good effort for the top 20, considering the competition in the all format chart, but it's the inclusion of Wii Music in 26th place that's the biggest surprise. We've seen some old Wii titles survive in the top 40 by virtue of being in hardware bundles, but we have no idea how this title arrived back on the scene. In any case, we checked and double checked, and UKIE says it was amongst the 40 best-sellers in the UK last week — the only Wii exclusive in the list — so the old remote-waving midi-rocking title clearly still has life in it yet.

A decent week for Nintendo in the UK, with an encouraging presence in the top 20. It's not long until a certain golden platformer arrives, so it'll be interesting to see where that lands in the chart.


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User Comments (22)



Chunky_Droid said:

Meh, Wii Music was a little bit fun, not exactly what people were expecting when they originally bought it though



NintyMan said:

Wii Music is underrated. Almost everyone shunned it because it happened to take center stage for a bad E3 conference, but the game itself is surprisingly creative and fun if you know how to play around. Also, Mii Maestro has to be the most epic thing that ever happened in the world of Miis.

So I'm pleasantly surprised that the British still have a feel for the game. It makes you wonder what a Wii Music sequel on the Wii U would be like.



bezerker99 said:

There's no force on the face of this earth that could make me play Wii Music...much less spend money for it.



SteveW said:

seriously UK? first FIFA beats Mario and now Wii Music in the top 40? wow, you guys must be starving for games



Matti said:

Wii Music is actually a pretty good "game". I bought it at launch and spent many hours making my own arrangements of the different tunes. Very underrated title but it's probably because you kinda have to know something about music to fully enjoy it - it's not a rhythm game or a game at all really. They should make a sequel for Wii U that uses the motionplus, would be even better then.



Luffymcduck said:

Wii Music... who´s idea was it to have a music game with midi music? I´ve played it once and that´s propably not enough for some of you but I never want to hear about that game again. No More Sequels for Wii Music, not even one please.



CommanderAudio said:


I loved Wii Music, but I never thought it'd ever come back into the UK Top 40. Wow. Just wow.



LittleIrves said:

If you're at all a musician and don't get scared away by a bit of whimsy, you need to play this game. Like @NintyFan and @kuribo say, it's a fantastic tool you can sink a bunch of time into, if you know what you're doing. I'd love to see them bring this back on WiiU (and maybe keep it hidden in the corner of the E3 booth, so all the naysaying doesn't scare people away)



ADaviii said:

I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one who loved Wii Music. I still think it's one of the most underrated games of the generation.



cyrus_zuo said:

One of our most played games, and my personal favorite game (not just Wii).All who got it and took time to play around with it found something joyous inside.There is nothing else like it. It makes me smile with fond memories just thinking about it.



rayword45 said:

This should be under the WTF tag XD

Can't say I've tried it, despite my love of rhythm games.




Always wanted to play this to make my own mind up, so I just reserved it at my local argos. No way am I missing out when it's only £2.49!



Banker-Style said:

I had the game,but I traded it a few years ago,and I do quite regret it.
So if my local Argos has one,I might just get it.



warioswoods said:

Excellent, excellent. Now bring on that sequel, Miyamoto.

To the haters: you're missing out.

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