For many months there was little point in reporting the UKIE UK all-format charts, as Nintendo games rarely featured. That's changed in recent times, with the 3DS enjoying a surge of popular releases that have not only started strongly, but continue to perform well after week one. This week's latest entry is Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, which makes its debut at number five; it's already out-performed the Wii original in terms of placing, as that release made its debut in 13th and only got as high as 7th.
In what seems like a first at this point, we can also count three 3DS exclusives in the top ten, with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins showing excellent momentum in 9th and 10th respectively. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity has dropped back to 13th place, and an honorable mention is also due to Fire Emblem: Awakening, defying its status as a niche franchise in the UK by hanging on in 35th place.
As for Wii U, there are no exclusives in the top 40, which by extension suggests continually low hardware sales — of the Deluxe Set at least — due to the absence of Nintendo Land. On the plus side Nintendo's system is getting a slice of the pie for this week's biggest selling game, the multi-platform Resident Evil Revelations. Capcom's decision to apply a spit and polish to the previous 3DS-exclusive has paid off with some strong sales figures.
So there you have it, a good week — once again — for the 3DS in the UK, especially as these are all single-platform exclusives up against a large number of big-budget multi-platform titles. Perhaps by the end of the year we'll be reveling in UK sales success for both 3DS and the upcoming Wii U games library.