More Brain Training propels Nintendo to top of monthly developer ranking
We’ve just updated our exclusive monthly developer chart, which shows another solid month for Nintendo as it nudges up from second to first place buoyed by the sales success of More Brain Training.
The chart is based on the sale of studios’ games at UK retail in the month of June and is supplied by Chart-Track, just like our yearly Develop 100 report.
This month’s chart shows another strong display by UK studios, with EA UK and Traveller’s Tales performing well at 2nd and 3rd place respectively with Harry Potter and Transformers, the latter of which is currently holding the top spot on the UK charts.
The top performing games from three of the top five developers are from licensed properties, tying in with the summer blockbuster movies attempting to keep people indoors this summer. Starbreeze is also still riding high thanks to its licensed comic-book adaptation The Darkness, but Eurocom has dropped 14 places as the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End furore dies down following the film’s release several months ago.
Extraordinary sales of Pokemon Diamond has helped catapult Game Freak in to number five in the chart, this month’s highest new entry. Similarly faring well on Nintendo’s platforms is Office Create, whose Cooking Mama Wii and DS titles have helped it move up five places to number 15.
Highest climber of the month goes to Hudson, though, which has leapt from 79th to 20th thanks to the release of Mario Part 8. Given the game’s withdrawal from UK shelves due to a use of the word ‘spastic’, however, it’s safe to assume that performance wasn’t quite as high as it could have been – possibly pointing to a rise in next month’s chart as the game becomes more widely available.
The monthly developer sales chart can be found here.