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The last UK chart results before Christmas are in, and they show a largely steady week with minimal changes, albeit with some discounts or last minute rushes moving some positions around. The best story from Nintendo's perspective is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which climbed eight places in the all-format charts from 25th up to 17th.

Elsewhere, the 3DS is well represented. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is next up in 21st, with Pokémon X & Y in 24th and 25th place; further down we have Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy and Mario Kart 7 in 34th and 38th places respectively.

You have to go down to the lower reaches to see Wii U titles — Super Mario 3D World has dropped to 33rd spot, whereas New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U sneak into 39th and 40th places.

There are undoubtedly positive results in some territories for Nintendo, though the UK sales continue to struggle against stiff competition, albeit with the ongoing positives from the 3DS.