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News: 3DS Could Help UK Games Industry Recover in 2011

3DS Could Help UK Games Industry Recover in 2011

Industry looks to the future

Recent figures released by UK chart overlords GfK Chart-Track indicate the UK game market is down 13% year-on-year in 2010, and a massive 29% lower than 2008 when the Wii and DS were at their height. Now the games industry is looking towards 3DS to get it back on track and help the industry recover from disappointing sales figures. Industry figures from retailers,..

News: No Love for Super Mario All-Stars in UK Top 20 Chart

No Love for Super Mario All-Stars in UK Top 20 Chart

Donkey Kong in at 13 though

Plumbing collection Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition just launched in the UK and had an underwhelming first weekend of sales, missing the top 20 altogether and landing at number 22. Simian platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns had a stronger showing, a new entry at number 13 behind strong climber Mario Kart Wii. Whether games purchased with bana

News: Yes, People Really Did Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

Yes, People Really Did Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

Photographic proof!

Remember the news that Donkey Kong Country Returns would cost bananas for speedy UK gamers? If you thought it was just a marketing stunt, well, you were right, but it clearly worked as plenty of gamers turned out to swap a bunch of ripe ones for the ape's latest title. Despite the freezing cold weather currently gripping the UK there were eager beavers lined up outside Game..

News: You Can Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

You Can Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

Strange but true

Gamers in the UK wanting to get Donkey Kong Country Returns for a steal might want to head down to selected Gamestation stores this Friday where the game will cost them... a bunch of bananas. The first 20 customers in line at Game Oxford Street, Game Merry Hill or Gamestation Hull can exchange a bunch of the yellow fruit for a brand...

News: Price Slashing Helps Sonic Colours Jump to UK Top 20

Price Slashing Helps Sonic Colours Jump to UK Top 20

That's better

Whilst the first week of sales for Sonic Colours on DS and Wii resulted in a disappointing 36th place for the hedgehog's latest outings, his second week on sale has seen significant gains, breaking into the UK Top 20 at number 18. Whilst we like to think our Sonic Colours DS review and Sonic Colours Wii review helped boost his sales figures, the truth

News: Ant and Dec's Jungle Romp Kick Starts Donkey Kong Campaign

Ant and Dec's Jungle Romp Kick Starts Donkey Kong Campaign

In multiplayer they're both Diddy

Diminutive Geordie rascals Ant and Dec have been a staple of Nintendo's advertising campaigns for a while now, so it's no surprise to see them turn up again to promote Donkey Kong Country Returns with a series of web videos. With the latest series of jungle-based endurance test (for all concerned) I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here having just started the tiny..

News: GoldenEye's Success "Proves Core Games Sell on Wii"

GoldenEye's Success "Proves Core Games Sell on Wii"

Bond does the business

GoldenEye 007 had a strong start to its campaign across the UK, selling twice as many units as Blood Stone, and naturally Nintendo is quick to champion the game as proof that core games can succeed on Wii. Rob Saunders, Nintendo UK's head of communications, spoke to MCV about the game's success, saying: The sales of GoldenEye...

News: This Jedward Dragon Quest Promotion is Getting Too Much

This Jedward Dragon Quest Promotion is Getting Too Much

Bonkers video inside

Part of Jedward's joint role as face of Nintendo UK is, naturally, to draw attention to the company's fantastic line-up of games from users who might not normally be into gaming. This video below is a perfect example. At a recent canvassing event for Dragon Quest IX, the talented twins took to the stage dressed as their Dragon Quest characters to the sound of screaming teenage..

News: Sonic Colours Barely Breaks into UK Top 40

Sonic Colours Barely Breaks into UK Top 40

Disappointing figures for 'hog's latest

Sonic Colours for DS and Wii have been garnering positive reviews all over the globe – don't worry, we're working on our reviews too – and launched in the UK on Friday with a somewhat unconventional marketing approach. Whilst there once was a time a Sonic game on Nintendo platforms would be eaten up by the games-buying public, Colours has performed very..

News: GoldenEye's Return Sells Twice As Well As HD Bond Outings

GoldenEye's Return Sells Twice As Well As HD Bond Outings

Still only debuts at number 13

It's not very often a Nintendo-exclusive title outsells a similar game on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but the GoldenEye name clearly still carries appeal for UK gamers as the game comprehensively outsold HD 007 outing James Bond 007: Blood Stone. Although the Wii and DS game landed outside the UK Top Ten at number 13, it sold around twice the number of copies as Blood..

News: Games Basement Nabs Exclusive PDP Wii Headsets in UK

Games Basement Nabs Exclusive PDP Wii Headsets in UK

Limited stock of Headbangers nationwide

We've received numerous emails from worried Brits about the availability of PDP's upcoming Headbanger USB headset for Wii. Already available in North America, there's good news for gamers in the British Isles wanting to pick one up soon. The headset itself will only reach UK shores in very limited quantities, but we can reveal that retailer Games Basement..

News: UK Dragon Questers Unite at These HMV Events

UK Dragon Questers Unite at These HMV Events

Exclusive events for Celestrians

If you haven't experienced Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in its multiplayer mode, you're missing out. UK residents keen to leap into the game's social side can do so at selected HMV Gamerbase stores in collaboration with Nintendo of Europe. Attendees can take on Estark, nab an exclusive slime and enjoy playing the game with like-minded gamers. What..

News: Professor Layton Unwinds in UK Chart Top Five

Professor Layton Unwinds in UK Chart Top Five

Lost Future found

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future made its way to UK shores last Friday and enjoyed a strong launch weekend as the second-highest new entry in the chart at number 4. Wii Party slipped a pair of places to number 6, sandwiching Just Dance 2 at number 5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl made a surprise re-entry in the charts at number 26, just one place behind high-profile new entry DJ..

News: Wii Party Leads Nintendo Chart Climb

Wii Party Leads Nintendo Chart Climb

This just in: Nintendo advertising campaign works

Never let it be said that teaming a completely harmless boyband with a family-friendly video game doesn't work. Kiddie favourite boppers JLS have clearly been doing sterling work in promoting Wii Party, as the game leaps six places to number four in the UK chart. With the exception of re-entries, the entire top 40 saw just five titles move up the..

News: Wii Party Enters UK Charts at Number Ten

Wii Party Enters UK Charts at Number Ten

Decent showing for party title

Wii Party is likely to be one of Nintendo's sleeper hits this Christmas, its deadly combination of Mii characters and a bundled Wii Remote all-but assuring it'll sell shedloads in the run-up to the Yuletide season. Its first weekend on sale in the UK has seen the game take a respectable 10th position on the charts, just behind perennial groover Just Dance. With..

News: UK DSi Price Goes Down, UK DSi Sales Go Up

UK DSi Price Goes Down, UK DSi Sales Go Up

40% increase every week since cut

About a month ago Nintendo announced it was dropping the cost of DS consoles to retailers, with retailers lowering the cost to consumers. It seems the move has paid off handsomely, as Nintendo has revealed the machine's sales have increased 40 per cent every week since the trade price was cut. A primetime advertising campaign didn't hurt sales either, but being..

News: The 3DS Might Make it in Time for Christmas Shopping Lists

The 3DS Might Make it in Time for Christmas Shopping Lists

All we want for Christmas...is you!

When the Wii launched in Europe around the Christmas period back in 2006, it was undoubtedly one of the top-sellers of the holiday season and with supply shortages surpassing what was expected, Nintendo was in a position where it couldn't satisfy consumer demands. If CVG's source is correct, we could see the 3DS...

News: Game Sales in UK Hit Lowest for Four Years

Game Sales in UK Hit Lowest for Four Years

Lack of releases, good weather blamed

Those Brits love a good game, but lately it seems they don't like buying them so much: the week ending April 23rd was the slowest sales week the UK's seen in four years. That said, there was still £13.5m ringing through British tills, which some might say is quite a decent amount, though it represents a 23% drop on the previous week. Unit sales were down as..

News: Monster Hunter 3 a Roaring Sales Success in UK

Monster Hunter 3 a Roaring Sales Success in UK

Enters the charts at number five

For all the hype, hands-on experiences and glowing reviews, the success of Monster Hunter Tri always rested with the buyers: could such a hardcore and still relatively obscure title sell on Wii? For UK owners, the answer is yes, as the game has entered the UK All-Format Charts at number five. That might seem a reasonably good result, but when you realise it outsold..

News: Nintendo UK Wheels Out Spring Wii, DS Line-Up

Nintendo UK Wheels Out Spring Wii, DS Line-Up

Few surprises, but No More Heroes 2 coming sooner than expected

In case you were wondering what would be hitting Wii and DS this spring in the UK, Nintendo's little ol' list right here will come in handy. The dates of big games like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Monster Hunter 3 Tri were already confirmed, so there are few surprises for notable game dates here. That isn't to say there aren't any:..