Charts Update: Kinect Star Wars forces its way to the top as Easter holidays begin
|10th April 2012||Matt Bailey|
The Microsoft-published Xbox 360-exclusive Kinect Star Wars has topped this week's UKIE All-Format Top 40 charts despite some not particularly flattering reviews from critics. Still, it's sales which count, and in Week 1 it has got the job done, ending EA's five week run at the top, although they do hold second through fifth, including last week's top dog, FIFA Street down in second, despite a 3% rise in sales. This is also the first Star Wars game to reach Number 1 since The Force Unleased back in Autumn 2008, and more importantly for Microsoft, the first Kinect-only game to get to that spot.
The school Easter Holidays have started, so a whole bunch of titles have re-entered the charts, including Sonic Generations (24th), The Sims 3 (27th) and LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean (35th). Although curiously so has Gran Turismo 5 in 37th. This may be the result of a price promotion, something that has likely also benefitted Street Fighter X Tekken (highest re-entry in 20th) and WWE '12 (22nd).
It could be a price promotion here too, although despite its BBFC 18 rating, it's likely that a lot of parents are buying Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for their teenagers while they are off school. The FPS experienced a 76% rise in sales this week, climbing to sixth spot. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games similarly enjoys the holiday bump, with 66% increase in sales to jump to eighth.
The only other new entry apart from the Number 1 spot is Capcom's Devil May Cry HD Collection which has managed a reasonable 18th. We're sad to note that Namco Bandai's excellent Ridge Racer Unbounded has left the Top 40 after just one week, struggling in a difficult environment where no retailer seemed to want to promote a once popular brand. We'll have the review for you soon to explain why it really should be selling more.
There's a whole bunch of interesting digital releases this week, including Skullgirls and Fez on the Xbox Live Arcade, and the final version of Tribes Ascend, and yet these won't feature in the charts next week because it's only based on retail sales. Which leaves us looking at a pretty bleak line-up, giving FIFA Street another shot at the Number 1 spot next Monday.
Full the complete Top 40, head over to our charts section.