EA dominates biggest ever Xmas for games

UK Games sales up 30 percent compared to the same period last year

Christmas '06 has proved to be the biggest ever for UK games, with game sales up nearly 10 percent compared to the same time last year and a staggering 30 percent in the week before Christmas - according to MCV

EA benefited most from the festive game-buying explosion, with Need for Speed: Carbon pushing the retail charge and FIFA '07 following closely behind. The Christmas period finishes off a successful year for the publishing giant, where it managed to grace the UK top spot a total of 26 times throughout 2006.

Meanwhile Nintendo's Wii saw a resurgence in sales over the holiday period, as hardware finally managed to trickle back into UK shops. Flagship launch title Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess climbed up to number 11 in the top 40, While Ubisoft's Rayman and Red Steel re-entered at 32 and 34 respectively.