Nintendo’s Mario Kart Wii
has been named the best-selling individual format game of 2008 in the UK. Official ELSPA/GFK Chart-Track data revealed by
trade paper MCV credits Nintendo with driving sales during the year, along with multiformat publishers Activision Blizzard, Rockstar and LucasArts.
The UK video games market as a whole recently reported
a 23 percent rise in software sales in 2008, with total hardware and software revenues of £4.034 billion ($6.071bn) for the year. The same data also showed Nintendo registering almost 40 million software units sold across the Wii and Nintendo DS.
Mario Kart Wii
was released in April and has remained in the top ten ever since -– except when hit by frequent supply constraints. The game also enjoyed a four-week run at the number one spot in the individual platform chart over Christmas.
The second best-selling individual platform game of 2008 was Wii Fit
. Indeed, all top five selling games are Nintendo platform exclusives, with Wii Play
at number three, Brain Training
(aka Brain Age
) for DS at number four (even though it released in June 2006) and Sega co-production Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
for Wii at number five.
The sixth best-seller was the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV
, with the PlayStation 3 version at number seven. Next, the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: World at War
came in at number eight, Take-Two’s Carnival Funfair Games
on Wii (a common hardware bundle with the Wii console in the UK) at number nine, and the Xbox 360 version of FIFA 09
at number ten.
The combined-platform version of the best-seller chart saw EA’s soccer sim at number one, with FIFA 09
also taking the official UK Christmas number one spot.
Mario Kart Wii
still managed to be the second best-selling game in the multiplatform chart, though, pushing Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV
into third place. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
(on both Wii and DS) was fourth and Wii Fit
The sixth best selling multiplatform game was Activision’s Call of Duty: World at War
, followed by Wii Play
, Brain Training
, LucasArts’ Lego Indiana Jones
and Carnival Funfair Games