Chart news archive

  • Thousands of illegal game copying devices seized in shop raid
    Gaming

    Thousands of illegal game copying devices seized in shop raid

    By 19 December 2008

    A police raid at a shop and home premises in Cardiff has netted 1800 copyright-infringing game copying devices. The game copying devices bypass the technical protection measures of the Nintendo DS and DS Lite handhelds and enable gamers to play illegal...

  • Nintendo to launch DSi Ware this month
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    Nintendo to launch DSi Ware this month

    By 16 December 2008

    Nintendo is getting ready to launch the new DSi Ware game download service in Japan on Christmas Eve. Titles available on 24 December will include Moving Memo Book, a game which will allow you to use your DSi to take notes and make comic strips using...

  • Rock Band 2 bug wipes groups from hard drive
    Gaming

    Rock Band 2 bug wipes groups from hard drive

    By 6 October 2008

    Rock Band fans in the States may actually be doing us a favour getting hold of the second installment of the game so far in advance, as they're spotting all the bugs before it gets to us. And boy have they spotted a big one. A bug that appears to be only...

  • New Final Fantasy game coming to Wii and DS
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    New Final Fantasy game coming to Wii and DS

    By 6 October 2008

    Square Enix has confirmed that it is working on a new Final Fantasy title, exclusively for Nintendo Wii and its handheld sibling, the DS. Shonen Jump magazine first held news of the new game, rumoured to be titled Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes...

  • Two Mega Drive classics for Virtual Console this week
    Gaming

    Two Mega Drive classics for Virtual Console this week

    By 3 October 2008

    Two Mega Drive classics are up for grabs on Virtual Console this week for your retro gaming pleasure. Firstly, 90s gaming hero Earthworm Jim makes a return - the ordinary earthworm turned oversized, intelligent superhero thanks to a suit dropped from...

  • Nintendo sets goal of one DS per person in US
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    Nintendo sets goal of one DS per person in US

    By 3 October 2008

    Nintendo has set itself the goal of getting every person in America to own at least one version of its DS handheld console. In the wake of the DSi announcement, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that he expected the handheld's market...

  • Brain Training games first up for DSi Shop
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    Brain Training games first up for DSi Shop

    By 3 October 2008

    The two Brain Training titles will be first games released on the US Version of the DSi Shop, Nintendo of America has confirmed. However, the games will be "retooled" for the new system, according to NoA president Reggie Fils-Aime. Nintendo UK on the...

  • National Videogame Archive launched
    Gaming

    National Videogame Archive launched

    By 2 October 2008

    The UK's first official National Videogame Archive is being launched in a bid to preserve the history of an industry now worth an estimated £22bn. Formed by academics at Nottingham Trent University and working in partnership with the National Media Museum...

  • GameStop buys French games retailer Micromania
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    GameStop buys French games retailer Micromania

    By 2 October 2008

    Gaming retailer GameStop is set to acquire French gaming retailer Micromania, in order to gain a presence in France. GameStop, which started up in America, now has a worldwide presence with stores spreading across 11 different countries. After the deal...

  • Nintendo wireless pedometer revealed
    Gaming

    Nintendo wireless pedometer revealed

    By 2 October 2008

    Nintendo's rival to the Wii Jog made an appearance in the video shown at this morning press conference, to announce the DSi. Whereas Wii Jog is, well for the Wii, it seems Nintendo's shot at a wireless pedometer peripheral is for the new DS. Other little...

  • Nintendo to announce new DS tomorrow
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    Nintendo to announce new DS tomorrow

    By 1 October 2008

    It seems we could be getting confirmation of an updated version of the DS console sooner than expected, in a press conference to be held tomorrow morning. Satoru Iwata will make the announcement at 5am UK time, although exactly what the machines new functions...

  • Microsoft releases Gears 2 themed 120GB Zune
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    Microsoft releases Gears 2 themed 120GB Zune

    By 1 October 2008

    Microsoft has once more brought its gaming and music worlds together, with the introduction of this special edition Gears of War 2 120GB Zune. The black glossy MP3 players gets a Gears logo added to its back, and also has the game's soundtrack, a number...

  • Nintendo making peripheral to rival Wii Jog?
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    Nintendo making peripheral to rival Wii Jog?

    By 1 October 2008

    It seems Nintendo may be working on an official Wii pedometer peripheral, after an effort resembling New Concept's Wii Jog was seen on the European trademark registry OAMI. Wii Jog plugs into the Wiimote and Nunchuk and counts the number of steps you...

  • Force Unleashed holds top position in all-format chart
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    Force Unleashed holds top position in all-format chart

    By 30 September 2008

    The top of the all-formats charts remains unchanged this week, as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed held its number one position for the second week running, despite a 38% drop in sales. Older favourites Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii held strong and also maintained...

  • Mobile gaming gets its own chart in the US
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    Mobile gaming gets its own chart in the US

    By 30 May 2008

    Mobile phone games have seen a jump in popularity over the past few years, so much so in fact, it seems that they need their own chart. Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) and industry tracker, NPD Group today announced the first ever sales chart for mobile...

  • EA take top spot with Fifa 06 in this weeks charts
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    EA take top spot with Fifa 06 in this weeks charts

    By 4 October 2005

    Another week and it seems another EA number 1 in the UK games charts. This week it was Fifa 06s turn to take the top spot pushing last weeks number 1, burnout Revenge into the second spot. But EA failed to make it a 1,2,3 with titles from Ubisoft and...

  • EA change the game but retain top spot in the charts with Burnout Revenge
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    EA change the game but retain top spot in the charts with Burnout Revenge

    By 28 September 2005

    A heavy advertising campaign on television and press has seen EA's Burnout Revenge race to the top of the UK charts this week forcing last weeks number one Sims 2: Nightlife in to second place. Also sliping into the top five is THQ's Warhammer 40,000:...

  • EA storm the charts with Sim 2 Nightlife add-on
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    EA storm the charts with Sim 2 Nightlife add-on

    By 20 September 2005

    Electronic Arts has stormed the UK charts this week taking the top two positions and forcing last weeks number one - Tom Clancy's Rainbox Six: Lockdown down to sixth place. The titles that have managed to do the business are The new Sims add-on pack The...

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    Need For Speed tops the charts again

    By 20 January 2004

    With the games market still slow after Christmas the All Format Charts sees Need for Speed Underground hold on to the top slot for another week. The Grand Theft Auto double pack from Take2 on the Xbox failed to muster up enough sales to take the number...

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    New Entries make biggest chart impact once more

    By 3 November 2003

    Fifa 2004 was released last week (ending 25th October 2003) and the combined versions sent the title went straight to number one in the All formats chart, with its best showing on Playstation 2 (no.1 again). It only relegated Pro Evolution Soccer (PES)...

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    Tiger Hits a hole-in-one, Sims nearly swept aside

    By 3 November 2003

    Underestimating a core fanbase and TV advertising- and sponsorship- means playing into the hands of Electronic Arts. After just a fortnight Mr Woods' latest incarnation is top of the all format charts (week ending 4th October 2003). Another easy million...

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    Latest Game Chart News

    By 3 November 2003

    t's a moment many have waited for, but finally EA's love it or hate it management game The Sims was at number ten in its anniversary week in the ELSPA charts in the final week of September. While it's newsworthy it's to be expected when The Sims 2 is...

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    Sober virus keeps Norton selling, PC budget chart freezes for the winter

    By 2 November 2003

    The Sober Virus attacks any platform and is the newest thread to Windows. This time Windows 95 and 98 users do not escape as they did with the globally famous Blaster worm. All retail virus clients will have updated by now and free clients such as Antivir...

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    Dead stop in PC Top Six, only two new entries across all formats

    By 2 November 2003

    No change in the week ending 18th October 2003, the first six positions in the PC full price and budget charts are exactly the same, again, with Halo still at number one for full price and nervous driving theory test applicants still buying the theory...

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    The Sims virus regains hold on PC "games" charts

    By 2 November 2003

    Now that the double virus panic has died down, running hand in hand with the arrest of the Blaster Worm creator in the States, The Sims are back at the top of the charts, but Mcaffee's targeting of Symantec on price has sent Virus Scan 7.0 to the middle...