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Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. Retains Third Spot in UK Charts

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

New Leaf is just one place behind

There was a time in the earlier days of the 3DS when new game releases, even first-party titles, would flirt with the UK all-format top ten on their debut week and drop away rather quickly afterwards. Momentum wasn't a word often uttered, as the system strove to establish a user base and challenge the big boys.

Times have been changing of course, partly as a result of a top-notch games library bringing more hardware and software sales — Nintendo says the portable is outselling the 360 and PS3 in the UK — and partly due to the country's fairly static and underwhelming sales market; when a game like FIFA 13 is still in the top ten, it doesn't suggest a dynamic marketplace. Whatever the main causes, there's been some cheer for Nintendo UK, with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. retaining third place in its second week, while Animal Crossing: New Leaf drops from 2nd to 4th position. Perhaps most impressive is that, since last week, sales of both titles on the High Street have only dropped by just under 10%, which is impressive momentum for 3DS exclusives.

Elsewhere in the top 40, Luigi's Mansion 2 is in 16th, Mario Kart 7 is in gear in 25th, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins is 30th, while Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and New Super Mario Bros. 2 are still hanging around in 33rd and 39th respectively.

Happy days indeed for the 3DS in almost all territories, it seems; now we look with interest to next week's results to see how Pikmin 3 performs after its European release.


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User Comments (21)



CAM290 said:

I need to pick up Dream Team, Donkey Kong, Mario Kart and New SMB 2 still.



Spoony_Tech said:

This really is good news that will only get better by years end! PokemonXY, Zelda, and a really good flow of 3rd party games yet to come. Of course those rarely make the charts though. Shame!



Peek-a-boo said:

The best news really is that this is the SIXTH week in-a-row that The Last of Us has been perched at number one, which is very fitting for the Game of the Generation!

... nice to see the 3DS doing pretty well too.



Mk_II said:

ACNL is doing really great. 3 out of 4 Streetpasses i get are from people most recently playing Animal Crossing. Anyone still on the fence: buy it.



Peek-a-boo said:

@Datasun_7 Well, coming from a Nintendo fan, I truly think it is.

You can disagree if you wish (providing you have actually played it!) however, there is nothing but universal praise for Naughty Dog's masterpiece.

Goes to show the UK public does appreciate good games (sometimes!), especially considering BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider, to a lesser extent, have all topped the charts for a considerable number of weeks.



Banker-Style said:

Makes me quite happy to be a Brit.(Till the next time the chart is chucked full of FIFA and COD titles)



bahooney said:

@Peek-a-boo I played it for five hours or so, and really? Totally bored to tears. It didn't offer anything that I couldn't get from Dead Space, RE5, or Uncharted. Heck, even Enslaved. It's just all stuff that I've seen before. Zombie-ish enemies? Shooter-ish gameplay? Modern day apocalyptic setting? Snore.

At least the graphics were absolutely gorgeous. Based on the opening scene, I thought it would've been rad if they just took that engine and made a life-sim out of it.



Peek-a-boo said:

@bahooney A shame you didn't play the last two thirds as they are arguably, by far and away, the best moments in the game.

... even I wasn't all that struck on Ellie's and Joel's journey for the first couple of hours!

You say you have 'seen it all before', yet the characters and their story significantly raised the bar in this medium. Nothing really has been done quite like The Last of Us manages to convey.



Marshi said:

@Datasun_7 I love my wiiu dude,and will defend nintendo till my dying day...but yes.the last of us realy is THAT good.Ive been saying it for years,nintendo needs to make games like that,but aside from zelda they never try the epic story approach which is a shame.Can you imagine the last of us' atmosphere and story telling style adapted to something like star fox?or metroid?or even a truly epic,darker mario rpg? I really hope the wiiu starts getting games like that,if not from nintendothen from a third party with the talent naughty dog have



Datasun_7 said:

@Marshi I don't even have a Wii u I love it when a game has such awesome praise behind it from the people who matter, the fans. All I was suggesting is that it is most definitely one of the best games of the generation, but I would side more with the original BioShock tbh. But it is awesome to see a game with universal praise also it would be awesome to see Nintendo go all out with a storyline one day maybe the next metroid perhaps?



Marshi said:

@Datasun_7 that would be my line of thinking too. I love my "gamey" games thats why I love nintendo so much because though it could be argued they are not best in class for graphics artstyle or atmosphere,they are most certainly masters of that "just one more go"experience.I mean heck,im STILL playing super mario world 22years after its release! And thats always my argument against the wiiu or nintendo haters out there,in 5 years il still be playing super mario world,nintendoland,xenoblade,mario galaxy and pretty much every zelda thats been made.But aside frod the last of us and maybe a couple of others,i cant see myself doing the same on my other platforms



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@Peek-a-boo Best Story perhaps. The game is really good overall, but the gameplay is just ok. I loved it, but it's not the end all be all of games. It's scary how games are becoming interactive films. This is why I love Nintendo. It's always gameplay first for them, and me. When games become more about the story than the gameplay, it will be a sad day for the art form.



bahooney said:

@Prof_Elvin_Gadd @Peek-a-boo Yes, the story was fantastic, the acting was top-notch. That's why I really wish they made a life-sim or summat! But echoing what Gadd said, ABSOLUTELY. I love Nintendo because their gameplay is always guaranteed to be superb! The gameplay was what I was talking about when I was expressing my "been here, done this" mentality while playing.



mshope10 said:

this is great news.3ds is the one of my favorite systems of all time already.I play it every single day.

it has one of the best most diverse gaming libraries available and it's only been out 2 years.

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