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Mario Party: Island Tour Is Still Having a Good Time in the UK Top 20

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Something to play in the January drought, it seems

We weren't convinced that the UK charts would be kind to Mario Party: Island Tour in its second week, after it made a decent — if unspectacular — début in 18th place. It seems that the good-old January games drought and some eager 3DS owners have kept the sales going, however; hey, Mario's in it.

Somewhat bucking the trend of many 3DS exclusives, Island Tour has actually climbed one place to 17th in the UK all-format charts. Some other mainstays occupy the lower reaches of the charts, meanwhile — Pokémon Y and Pokémon X are in 32nd and 33rd respectively (Y edging ahead this week) while Animal Crossing: New Leaf can be found in 38th place. Unfortunately both The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World have dropped out of the top 40.

We'll fire off a party popper in honour of the latest Mario Party, as it's arguably caused a surprise by charting in the top 20 beyond its opening week.


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Prof_Clayton said:

I'm very surprised of all things to move up, it would be Mario Party. Although maybe a ton of kids only just heard about it being released, then went to buy it? Regardless it is pretty unexpected.



readyletsgo said:

@Prof_Clayton Yeah that's what I would think. Nearing the end of January, time for 8 year old Cindy and Jimmy to get a new game that isn't 3d land or Luigis Mansion that they most likely got at Xmas. I would think next week it will drop way down the charts.

Personally it's a game I wouldn't even be tempted to look at in a shop at all lol.



RetroBillyT said:

My 8-year-old bought it with his Xmas money a couple of weeks ago, and has had a lot of fun with it. I played a 2-player game with him yesterday and it was enjoyable enough... A good one for the kids!



unrandomsam said:

It is selling because it has proper download play. Quite a few games recently I would have bought if it had proper download play. (To play with Children). No way I will be buying 3 copies though. Download play on the DS was actually pretty good.



readypembroke said:

How in the world Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is on the list? That game is older than the hills!



AyeHaley said:

@readypembroke Its amazing how long that has been a best seller. Clearly Nintendo isn't the only creating evergreen titles.
I had lots of fun playing the Star Wars Saga co-op on Wii and 360, but I kinda had enough of the same gameplay over the years. ...Except special titles like Lego City Undercover and the upcoming Lego Movie game. (so it ain't all bad with quality releases amongst boring licensed fodder.)

During 2007-2009 it felt like they pumped out 3 new titles a year. Anyway, I'm glad we're finally getting games that are 100% lego (even the Wii U version!) and none of that mixed in realistic stuff. I love being able to build everything I see in a Lego game.



LittleIrves said:

So last week more people in the United Kingdom bought Dead Island: Riptide or Aliens: Colonial Marines than Super Mario 3D World or LoZ: Link Between Worlds. Get it together, U.K.!



Nik-Davies said:

@LittleIrves Whilst I am ashamed of my country. In shops such as HMV & GAME you can pick up A:CM for £4.99 with another purchase. It's pretty cheap (still not worth it though), oh and that's the special edition with extra DLC, so you know, you can be attached for longer.......



t1redmonkey said:

It's a bit frustrating that average games like the 3DS Mario Party is doing so well in the UK charts compared to other much better 3DS games. Doesn't really send out a good signal to Nintendo as to the kind of games they should make going forwards...



Peach64 said:

@t1redmonkey I'm pretty sure Nintendo can see which games are popular. Mario Party has had 2 weeks, at number 18 and 17, while pretty much every big 3DS release in 2013, such as Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion, Animal Crossing, Pokemon and Link Between Worlds all got in the top 10 (most in the top 5) in their debut weeks.

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