UKIE has issued the UK all-format software charts for last week, and confirmation of Donkey Kong Country Returns coming in eighth place — three down from its debut week — means another week with a 3DS exclusive in the UK top 10; we've now had quite a few consecutive weeks where that's been the case.
Elsewhere, Luigi's Mansion 2 and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins continue to perform well in 12th and 15th place respectively. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is nestling in 27th place, and Fire Emblem Awakening is grimly clinging on in 38th, making this possibly the last week that the top-notch strategy title will enjoy a top 40 berth.
There are no Wii U exclusives, once again, though recent release LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has seen a bump in sales to climb into 9th place; what we don't know is whether the Wii U version has gained momentum in its second week, or if the increase is down to the budget pricing available for versions on the Xbox 360 and PS3 or, for that matter, on the 3DS and Vita. We can only hope that some of the additional 35% of sales that the title's enjoyed over last week can be attributed to the Wii U release.
So there you have it, more decent sales for 3DS exclusives helping the handheld to compete with multi-platform blockbusters. In just under two weeks Animal Crossing: New Leaf lands in Europe, so it'll be interesting to see how that fares.