UK Sales Chart – Week ending 6th December

We’re only two weeks away from finding out what title will be the Christmas number one, but its looking more and more like Call of Duty: World at War ‘s time at the top won’t be over by Christmas.

1. Call of Duty: World at War (Treyarch)
2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
3. FIFA 09 (EA Canada)
4. Need for Speed: Undercover (EA Black Box)
5. Tomb Raider: Underworld (Crystal Dynamics)
6. Fallout 3 (Bethesda)
7. Wii Fit (Nintendo)
8. Guitar Hero: World Tour (Vicarious Visions)
9. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega)
10. WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009 (Yuke’s)
11. Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)
12. Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
13. Fable II (Lionhead Studios)
14. Resistance 2 (Insomniac)
15. Wii Music (Nintendo)
16. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North)
17. Nintendogs: Lab & Friends (Nintendo)
18. Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City (Nintendo)
19. Quantum of Solace (Treyarch)
20. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami Digital)

Despite another drop in sales of 15%, Call of Duty: World at War has held off competition for the No. 1 spot for 4 straight weeks, something that hasn’t been seen since the last Harry Potter game back in July 2007.

Perhaps even more impressively, last years Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released a week earlier and only grabbed the top spot in Christmas week itself, taking 8 weeks to sell a million copies in the UK. Call of Duty: World at War has already shifted over the one million mark in the British Isles alone, and has the potential to hold the No. 1 spot right up until Christmas.

The biggest threat to Call of Duty’s domination appears to be Nintendo’s Mario Kart Wii. Following widespread TV advertising, the wheel-enhanced racer has experienced a 15% sales boost, moving up two places in the chart.

Nintendo’s next biggest full-price title, Wii Fit, is also back on fighting form with a massive 43% jump in sales, moving it up three places from No.10 to No.7.

Megu-publishers EA are still not out of the running for the Christmas championship as FIFA 09 is a non-mover at No.3 and Need for Speed: Undercover traded places with Mario Kart after a 21% drop in sales.

Lara continues to hang onto the ledge that is the Top 5, as Tomb Raider: Underworld is also in the same position as last week. Just below Lara’s finely toned… thighs is Fallout 3, which has benefitted from retailer price-promotions with a 60% surge in sales, this takes the post-apocalyptic epic up five places from No.11 to No.6.

Despite falling a single place, Guitar Hero: World Tour stays in the top 10 this week, but Resistance 2 and Wii Music couldn’t manage to hold onto a place in the top 10, both falling six places since last week. But the biggest loser this week is undoubtedly Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, falling 14 places from No.6 last week to clinging onto a Top 20 position this week.

In contrast, another retailer promotion helped Fable II to regain a place in the top 20, with a 81% increase in sales moving it up 10 places to No.13. Surprisingly though, Fable II isn’t this weeks biggest riser. That honour goes to the reappearance of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV, helped by a combination of retailer promotions, the release of the PC version and the news of the 360 exclusive DLC, Nico Bellic & Co. managed a whopping 160% spike in sales and moved up a huge 23 places to No. 16.

The only new entry in this week’s top 20 is Animal Crossing: Wild World Lets Go To The City, which entered at No.18. Unfortunately, Ubisoft’s latest Prince of Persia game may have been overlooked at it sits forlorn just outside of the Top 20.