Namco Bandai's Test Drive Unlimited 2 has entered the All Formats All Prices UK video game chart at No.1, pushing Dead Space 2 down to second.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 becomes Namco Bandai's first All Formats No.1 since its acquisition of Atari Europe.
The sequel is also the biggest launch in the franchise, with more than double the launch week total of the previous title. Sales were heavily skewed in favour of the Xbox 360 version, accounting for 68 per cent, compared to 28 per cent on PS3 and four per cent on PC (digital sales not included).
Retailer promotions also helped GTA4: Complete Edition jump back into the Top 10, while Madden NFL 11 touched-down at No.14 in the week following the Super Bowl.
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2010 UKIE Ltd (All Prices) Week 6, 2011
1. TEST DRIVE UNLIMITED 2
2. DEAD SPACE 2
3. FIFA 11
4. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS
5. ASSASSIN'S CREED: BROTHERHOOD
6. MARIO VS DONKEY KONG: MINI-LAND MAYHEM!
7. JUST DANCE 2
8. MARIO SPORTS MIX
9. GRAND THEFT AUTO IV: COMPLETE EDITION
10. LITTLEBIGPLANET 2
11. ART ACADEMY
12. DANCE JUNIORS
13. WII FIT PLUS
14. MADDEN NFL 11
15. JUST DANCE
16. NEED FOR SPEED: HOT PURSUIT
17. BEN 10 ULTIMATE ALIEN COSMIC DESTRUCTION
18. WII PARTY
19. THE SIMS 3
20. WII SPORTS RESORT
It's been over three and a half years since the release of Test Drive Unlimited, in which time the installed-base for the Xbox 360 has grown significantly. Therefore it's no surprise to see Unlimited 2 notch up double the launch week sales, especially given its multi-format launch this time around - the first game debuted only on Xbox 360.
While Namco Bandai must be pleased with the performance of TDU2, the situation isn't as rosy with the publisher's other new releases. Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Cosmic Destruction is new at No.17, but Kinect exclusive Dr Kawashima's Body and Brain Exercises could manage only No.26 on the Xbox 360 chart - perhaps it'll be a grower.
Friday's big release is Capcom's Marvel vs. Capcom 3. We predict the brawler will smash its way to the top, but don't expect sales to come anywhere close to the success of Street Fighter IV.