UK Charts: The Last of Us continues to dominate

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23rd July 2013 Matt Bailey

Despite a 22% drop in sales compared to last week, Sony and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us remains at the top fo the UK all-format charts for a six consecutive week. This puts it level with the big games of last year like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, except this is more impressive considering The Last of Us is only out on the PS3. Mind you, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is also doing well selling solely on Microsoft's console, as the disc-base version of the XBLA game gains 20% in sales this week to boost it up to the number two slot. Animal Crossing: New Leaf falls from second to fourth, while Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros remains in third, cementing Nintendo's strong 3DS performance at the moment.

This week's strongest new entry is Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors 8, with the long-running series putting in a debut of fifth, ahead of Far Cry 3 in sixth. Another Max Payne 3 promotion sees it gain 135% in sales (and that's not including the sales gained when it went very cheap in the Steam summer discounts) to rise 19 places to 7th, while the Legendary Edition of Skyrim also makes a big gain to put it eighth.

Down the order we see another new entry in the form of EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour '14. It's in 34th place, which might be disappointing for EA but sometimes games in this series can be a bit of a slow burner, so we can probably expect to see the game remaining in the Top 40 for a while, even if it's not challenging for those high positions.

This Friday sees the long awaited release of Wii U-exclusive Pikmin 3. Nintendo's fan-loved strategy series is making its HD debut, and in fact the first new Pikmin game since the GameCube days. It'll be an important and big seller for Wii U owners, but it's hard to say how that will reflect on the charts as a whole considering Nintendo's latest console has been struggling to gain traction. Despite the strong reviews, Pikmin isn't a mainstream brand and it would seem unlikely to be a big system seller. Expect it to gain first place (or second if The Last of Us maintains numbers) on its debut week thanks to high numbers of pre-orders, before dropping down the order. It's not the only thing out on Friday; in what can only be described as rather odd timing - particularly considering the lack of releases on the Wii U for months - New Super Luigi U is also out on disc on Friday. This is the disc-based version of the New Super Mario Bros U DLC that came out last month on the Wii U eShop, and now there's a standalone version available in shops that should have a Top 10 debut too.

For this week's full all-format top 40 charts, head over to our dedicated section.

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