No room for Nintendo Land, Mario Bros. U or ZombiU in Black Ops 2 dominated chart
The week's all formats games chart sees bespoke Wii U games miss out on the top 10
Michael Plant is chief editor and writer of gaming ezine and blog GamesCatalyst.com, as well as editor of 'The Independent'’s games review printed in the Saturday supplement 'Information'. Established in February 2011, Games Catalyst endeavours to bring its unique brand of fact and satire to the videogaming community and, in tandem with 'The Independent', hopefully turn a few non-believers on to gaming while we’re at it.
Tuesday 04 December 2012
The Nintendo Land-bundled Premium 32GB pack saw 60% of the hardware sales, with the ZombiU Wii U pack accounting for 30%. That meant only 10% of opening weekend Wii U customers opted for the Wii U 8GB Basic pack, perhaps highlighting concerns over storage space on Nintendo’s new console.
The Wii U’s top three selling titles at least found themselves in the top 20, with Nintendo Land at No11, New Super Mario Bros. U at No 14 and Ubisoft’s ZombiU at No17. Of course Nintendo have yet to reveal how many Wii U’s sold (and whether the machine sold out) which could explain the lack of Wii U specific titles in the top ten.
The Wii U’s ports – FIFA 13, Assassin’s Creed 3, Skylanders Giants, Just Dance 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – did at least make an impression (though with the help of their Xbox 360 and PS3 counter-parts); while Activision’s Black Ops 2 continued to dominate its rivals in the run-up to Christmas.
Highest new entry meanwhile was Far Cry 3, Ubisoft’s excellent sandbox shooter finding itself in second position following the ninth best launch of 2012.
Predictions for next week: Paper Mario: Sticker Star for 3DS.
Top 40 Entertainment Software (All Prices), Week Ending 1 December 2012:
1 – CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 2 – ACTIVISION
2 – FAR CRY 3 – UBISOFT
3 – FIFA 13 – EA
4 – HITMAN ABSOLUTION – SQUARE ENIX
5 – ASSASSIN’S CREED III – UBISOFT
6 – JUST DANCE 4 – UBISOFT
7 – LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS – WARNER BROS.
8 – HALO 4 – MICROSOFT
9 – SKYLANDERS GIANTS – ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
10 – NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED – EA
UKIE Games Charts©, compiled by GfK Chart-Track.
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