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Wii RPG  Pandora's Tower  barely registers in UK sales charts
Wii RPG Pandora's Tower barely registers in UK sales charts
April 16, 2012 | By Mike Rose

April 16, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Despite a 22 percent drop in sales week-over-over, EA's FIFA Street retook the top of the UK sales charts last week, marking four weeks at number one since its release a month ago.

For the week ended April 14, and according to data from tracking firm Chart-Track, the previous week's number one Kinect Star Wars dropped down to number four, with a 55 percent drop in sales compared to its launch weekend.

This drop allowed Mass Effect 3 and FIFA 12 to move up one position each, meaning EA now holds the top three spots, and four of the top five, with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 at number five.

There were no new entries in the top 10 chart this week. Nintendo and Ganbarion's Pandora's Tower for Wii performed particularly poorly in its opening week, only managing to reach number 38 in the charts.

Elsewhere, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Battlefield 3 continued to hang around the top 10, while SSX brought up the rear at position ten.

Below are Chart-Track's all-platforms sales charts, which include unit sales of all versions of a given title, and the individual platform charts, which treat individual SKUs separately.

UK All-Platforms Top 10

1. FIFA Street (EA)
2. Mass Effect 3 (EA)
3. FIFA 12 (EA)
4. Kinect Star Wars (Microsoft)
5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (EA)
6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
8. Battlefield 3 (EA)
9. Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)
10. SSX (EA)

UK Individual Platforms Top 10

Kinect Star Wars held on to the top spot in Chart-Track's individual formats top 10 chart, with the various versions of FIFA Street and FIFA 12 plugging up the gaps below.

The only re-entry into the chart was Battlefield 3 for Xbox 360, which clawed its way back in at number ten.

1. Kinect Star Wars (Microsoft, Xbox 360)
2. FIFA Street (EA, Xbox 360)
3. Mass Effect 3 (EA, Xbox 360)
4. FIFA Street (EA, PS3)
5. FIFA 12 (EA, Xbox 360)
6. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (EA, Xbox 360)
7. FIFA 12 (EA, PS3)
8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision, Xbox 360)
9. Mario and Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega, Wii)
10. Battlefield 3 (EA, Xbox 360)

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Guess that means no Pandora's Tower for the US.

E Zachary Knight
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Yeah this does not bode well for the US. Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles had fairly good sales in the UK and were justified in their release here. Low sales are going to stop Nintendo from putting more money into it.

Russell Carroll
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Seems like based on interest, it's very justified not to bring it over.
Personally, I had no interest in Pandora's Tower myself, and the mediocre review scores aren't changing my mind ;). (notably I picked up my copy of Xenoblade on release day, and I'm really tempted to get The Last Story, in part b/c I love XSeed!)

The US already has Xenoblade with The Last Story on the way. Hopefully those who are fans of video games will get one of those games. They both reviewed well (Xenoblade very well) and both tried to do something different. It's what every gamer says they want in a game, and I guess we'll see, but I think it is tough for any Wii game to get much love.

I hope I've just become too cynical of so-called 'gamers,' but we'll see :).

Christian Nutt
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The Last Story is great stuff -- played through the European version with my boyfriend. Recommend it very highly. It's totally different than Xenoblade as well, so they can comfortably co-exist. It's the best thing Sakaguchi has done since leaving Square Enix, that's for sure.

Joe Zachery
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Sorry, but the sales of the other 2 both have been mediocre in the PAL regions. Only just recently matching their Japanese counterparts, and with a bigger market. Part of the problems is that some PAL Major Retailers are not even caring most new games. So that has also had an affect on the numbers of all new titles. I didn't expect Pandora's Tower to set the world on fire, but I figured there was a market for it.

I agree with you Carroll overall, and yes it's not just a Wii thing. Gamers in the last couple of years are only buying FPS or PC WRPG. Everything else has been suffering here sales wise.

Kyle Redd
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Xenoblade has been listed as a U.S. bestseller over at for a while now; hopefully that translates into at least modest success.