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UK charts: Soulcalibur IV fighting fit

Fastest-selling in series. Full top 40 inside.

Soulcalibur IV has battled to the top of the UK all-formats chart this week, becoming the fastest-selling game ever in the fighting series.

The title (we're using publisher Ubisoft's spelling, before you put the dogs on us) also becomes only the second in the series to hold the top spot, after Soulcalibur II held the lead for a week back in 2003.

PS2 sales of Soulcalibur II were dwarfed by PS3 sales of Soulcalibur IV by more than three to one, although Xbox 360 took the lion's share of the latter with 56 per cent of the money-pie.

The popularity of this latest instalment could be put down to a ballsy early August release after a barren patch on the release schedule, or perhaps the inclusion of Star Wars favourites Yoda and Darth Vader. Our Soulcalibur IV review will fill you in on the rest.

Elsewhere in the charts it was business as usual; Wii Fit surged in sales but slipped to two, Mario Kart Wii held on at three, Wall-E stuttered at four and Big Beach Sports leapt from 10 to five.

Wii Play extends an age-defying sales record at six, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympics proves you can launch the November before your mimicked sporting event and still be on the blocks for the starting gun. Test its wee.

Then comes Brain Training, followed by former chart-topper LEGO Indiana Jones dropping from five to 10.

Elsewhere are few surprises; perhaps Need for Speed: ProStreet speeding from 40 to 28, or the reappearance of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga at 31.

This week waves goodbye to Alone in the Dark, which should reappear in November with the arrival of the rumoured-to-be-improved PS3 version.

  1. Soulcalibur IV (Xbox 360, PS3)
  2. Wii Fit (Wii)
  3. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
  4. WALL-E (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS)
  5. Big Beach Sports (Wii)
  6. Guitar Hero: On Tour (DS)
  7. Wii Play (Wii)
  8. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii, DS)
  9. Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (DS)
  10. LEGO Indiana Jones (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS)
  11. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, DS)
  12. Kung Fu Panda (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS)
  13. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
  14. Carnival: Funfair Games (Wii)
  15. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, DS)
  16. Battlefield: Bad Company (Xbox 360, PS3)
  17. Sports Party (Wii)
  18. More Brain Training (DS)
  19. FIFA 08 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP)
  20. Beijing 2008 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
  21. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, Xbox 360)
  22. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
  23. Top Spin 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
  24. The Simpsons Game (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS)
  25. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PC, DS, PSP)
  26. Ben 10: Protector of Earth (Wii, DS, PS2, PSP)
  27. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
  28. Need For Speed ProStreet (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS)
  29. Cooking Mama 2 (Wii, DS)
  30. Mario Kart DS (DS)
  31. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS)
  32. SEGA Superstars Tennis (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS)
  33. Sight Training (DS)
  34. Race Driver: GRID (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
  35. Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii, DS)
  36. Tiger Woods PGA Tour '08 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS)
  37. Cooking Mama (DS)
  38. Football Manager 2008 (PC, Xbox 360)
  39. Sports Island (Wii)
  40. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii)

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