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Wii Fit tops UK charts

Second successive rise in sales as consumers vow to lose the Christmas pounds

As the UK's weight-loss centres and sports stores enjoy the revenue from thousands of people looking to put right their Christmas sins, Nintendo's Wii Fit has scaled to the top of the UK All Format charts.

Last week Nintendo's evergreen fitness title jumped to fourth place, up from twentieth the week prior. This week the software enjoys an 18 percent rise in sales, with supply levels at retailer outlets uncommonly able to meet the strong demand.


Meanwhile, the sales wrangle between FIFA 09 and Treyarch's World At War is over for the moment. While both titles have been swapping first and second positions in the charts since Christmas, FIFA 09 has dropped to fourth following a 35% decline in sales.

That fall in sales will not particularly trouble EA. The multiformat soccer sim was released in the beginning of October and has remained in the top five of the charts since then (save for one week in mid November). FIFA 09's decline in sales is inevitable as each week goes by, but the title has clearly sold above its projections, while its soccer sim rival - Pro Evolution 2009 - has hovered outside the top ten for weeks.

Treyarch's World At War remains in second, falling 18 percent in weekly turnover. The overall decline at the retailers, as reported last week, is due to consumers recovering from the Christmas shopping season, along with a lack of new games arriving.

Yet publishers may want to take a second look at the opportunity available in the January months. The only new entry to the entire top 40 is EA's The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, a game which has shot straight to third. A mere 2,500 sales separate Conquest from Wii Fit.

Elsewhere, the top ten sees the regular appearance of Wii Play, which hangs to fifth despite a 19 percent dip in sales. Meanwhile, EA's Need for Speed: Undercover is stung by a weekly sales plunge of 52 percent, taking the game from third last week to sixth. Sega's Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games remains in seventh, Guitar Hero falls two places to eighth, and Dr Kawashima Brain Training climbs three places to tenth, despite a sales fall of 17 percent.

All Format top-ten provided by Chart Track follows:

  1. Wii Fit
  2. Call of Duty: World at War
  3. The Lord of Rings: Conquest
  4. FIFA 09
  5. Wii Play
  6. Need for Speed: Undercover
  7. Mario and Sonic at they Olympic Games
  8. Guitar Hero: World Tour
  9. Carnival: Funfair Games
  10. Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training

Article supplied by Edge Online