London 2012 Olympics is number one

Deposes Lego Batman 2 from the top of the all-format game chart
Darren Allan

July 30, 2012
London 2012 Sega

Given that the Olympics has just kicked off, it’s not surprising that the official game of the 2012 sporting extravaganza has barged its way into the number one spot.

Sega’s London 2012: The Official Video Game found its sales boosted by a quarter, moving up to the top spot and deposing Lego Batman 2, which slipped to number two. Lego Batman 2 had enjoyed a five week reign at the top.

Predictably, the other Olympics title, Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games, also shot up the UK all-format game chart, from number eight to three. That game has actually been out for over 8 months on the Wii.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier found itself at number four, with a resurgent Batman: Arkham City at number five, still enjoying a sales boost due to the new movie. Modern Warfare 3 followed that, and the Amazing Spider-Man was at number seven.

Two older timers of the top ten occupied the next two spots, Skyrim and then FIFA 12, the latter returning after only a one week absence, last week.

The top ten was rounded off by Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance on the 3DS. Speaking of which, the 3DS XL launched this weekend just passed.

An interesting fact for you – the XL is only the second piece of video game hardware ever to launch on a Saturday. The other weekend release was the N64, back in March 1997.

Accompanying the bigger-screen toting handheld’s launch, Nintendo unleashed four new 3DS games, but disappointingly for the Japanese gaming giant, none of them made the top forty.

Pokemon Conquest on the DS, however, did come in at number seventeen, proving that kids out there are still trying to catch them all.






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