UK chart: Ni No Kuni conjures up first place victory

A kind of magic.

Wizard role-player Ni No Kuni has snatched the top spot in the UK all-format charts, unseating last week's number one Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Last week's only other new entry, Hitman: HD Trilogy, entered fifth.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a PlayStation 3-exclusive collaboration between Japanese animation god Studio Ghibli and Professor Layton developer Level-5.

It's also absolutely flippin' fantastic. Eurogamer's Oli Welsh awarded it a sparkling 9/10 in our Ni No Kuni review.

"We are thrilled at the weekend sales of Ni no Kuni in the UK," Namco's UK PR and marketing director Lee Kirton told Eurogamer.

"We knew we had a very special title from Level 5 and must confess to the UK team being relentless in terms of communication, demonstrations, events, and strong work with the media. This has paid off with a strong belief from the incredible community and media. Starting early gave us the opportunity to showcase the title at many high profile events, including the Eurogamer Expo."

Ni No Kuni sold out in many UK shops over the weekend - but more stock is on the way.

"We have more stock going into the channel this week so check with local stores to receive your copy," Kirton continued. "We hope the word of mouth and demand for the title continues as it does prove that JRPGs are special and we invest a lot of time and effort within this genre."

FIFA 13 kicked off second in the chart this week, with Black Ops 2 third and Far Cry 3 fourth. Assassin's Creed 3 was sixth, Need for Speed: Most Wanted was seventh, Just Dance 4 eighth, Hitman Aboslution ninth and Skyrim tenth.

The full top 40 lies below.

This Week Last Week Title Platform(s)
1 New entry Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch PS3
2 2 FIFA 13 PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360
3 1 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360
4 3 Far Cry 3 PC, PS3, Xbox 360
5 New entry Hitman: HD Trilogy PS3, Xbox 360
6 5 Assassin's Creed 3 PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360
7 6 Need for Speed: Most Wanted PC, PS3, Xbox 360
8 7 Just Dance 4 PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
9 10 Hitman: Absolution PC, PS3, Xbox 360
10 9 The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim PC, PS3, Xbox 360
11 4 DmC Devil May Cry PS3, Xbox 360
12 8 Football Manager 2013 PC
13 13 Halo 4 Xbox 360
14 19 Forza Horizon Xbox 360
15 15 Skylanders Giants PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
16 11 Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
17 12 Lego Lord of the Rings 3DS, DS, PS3, Xbox 360
18 14 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 3DS, PC, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360
19 16 WWE 13 PS3, Xbox 360
20 28 Sleeping Dogs PC, PS3, Xbox 360
21 18 Forza 4 Xbox 360
22 20 Borderlands 2 PC, PS3, Xbox 360
23 17 Dishonored PC, PS3, Xbox 360
24 Re-entry Abba: You Can Dance Wii
25 25 Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition PS3
26 22 Grand Theft Auto 4 PC, PS3, Xbox 360
27 26 Angry Birds Trilogy 3DS, PS3, Xbox 360
28 24 Dead Island: GOTY Edition PC, PS3, Xbox 360
29 21 Medal of Honor: Warfighter PC, PS3, Xbox 360
30 29 Grand Theft Auto Episdodes - Liberty City PC, PS3, Xbox 360
31 23 Paper Mario: Sticker Star 3DS
32 Re-entry Red Dead Redemption: GOTY PS3, Xbox 360
33 27 Mario & Sonic: London 2012 Olympic Games 3DS, Wii
34 Re-entry XCOM: Enemy Unknown PC, PS3, Xbox 360
35 33 New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS
36 32 PES 2013 PC, PS3, Xbox 360
37 34 Mario Kart 7 3DS
38 Re-entry Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception GOTY PS3
39 40 Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
40 30 NBA 2K13 PS3, Xbox 360

Chart numbers tracked by the appropriately named GfK Chart-Track.

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