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With the festive break right around the corner there'll be plenty of gamers hoping for some virtual delights, and there's likely to be a positive run of game sales around the world. The weekly UK charts, however, show a disappointing trend of Nintendo's exclusives struggling in the face of multi-platform behemoths.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the leading light for Nintendo's home console in the country, yet is down in 15th place in the all-format charts; the only other Wii U title in the top 40 is Mario Kart 8 down in 35th position.

On the 3DS front Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have fallen a number of places, with Omega Ruby in 23rd and Alpha Sapphire in 24th. Tomodachi Life still has some legs in 34th, while Frozen: Olaf's Quest continues to perform on DS in 31st place.

In all cases the single-format chart brings no cheer, either, with Pokémon Omega Ruby best placed in 21st and the home console Smash Bros. way down in 29th.

While Nintendo's main releases performed well in November's US NPD results, the UK remains a source of disappointing chart outcomes; an optimistic view is that the absence of eShop numbers in the charts, for example, is particularly damaging. That said, despite an improved outlook this year the country has been targeted by Satoru Iwata for criticism, in past years, for its poor performance.

Do you feel that Nintendo is struggling in the UK this festive period, or do these charts not paint an accurate picture? Let us know what you think in the comments below.