Another Week in Europe

Featuring charts from across the region, Another Week in Europe documents the buying habits and quirky tastes of a whole continent of Wii lovers.

UK consumers have looked high. They've looked low. And they've reached their verdict: there isn't a better pair of Wii games than Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and ... Game Party. As a polished, slick, licensed product, we can totally understand (and almost support) Mario & Sonic doing well (it came second to Army of Two), but Game Party? Could this be the same Game Party that averages a whopping 23% on GameRankings, and which achieved a heady top score of 32% from IGN? It is? Way to go, Britain!

Beyond the top ten, Carnival: Funfair Games makes it to 16th place (and there's more where that came from), Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity and Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree sit in 31st and 37th spot respectively, and we weep into our keyboards for the future of the country.

Meanwhile, consumers in mainland Europe are also all over the plumber and the hedgehog, with the Wii version of Mario & Sonic registering top ten positions in the Netherlands and Spain, and sharing top spot in Ireland with the DS edition. Wii Play even makes an appearance in the Spanish and German charts, as it rolls cheerfully towards world domination.

Hit the break for a sprinkling of European charts!

(Numbers in parentheses indicate previous week's position)
(NOTE: Because sales are monitored by different bodies throughout Europe, the charts of some countries will feature more recent data)

United Kingdom (Week ending March 8th)

01. (__) Army Of Two (360)
02. (02) Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games (Wii)
03. (01) Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
04. (03) Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games (NDS)
05. (__) Army Of Two (PS3)
06. (__) Bully: Scholarship Edition (Xbox 360)
07. (10) Game Party (Wii)
08. (__) Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War Soulstorm (PC)
09. (04) Frontlines: Fuel Of War (360)
10. (05) Lost Odyssey (360)

Ireland (Week ending March 8th)

01. (01) Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games (Wii, NDS)
02. (02) Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
03. (__) Army Of Two (360, PS3)
04. (03) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS)
05. (10) Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (360, PS3, PS2, PC, PSP, NDS)
06. (04) More Brain Training From Dr. Kawashima (NDS)
07. (07) Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (360, PS3, PC)
08. (06) Lost: The Video Game (360, PS3, PC)
09. (08) FIFA 08 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP, NDS)
10. (18) Cooking Mama 2 (NDS)

Netherlands (Week 10, 2008)

01. (02) The Sims 2 : Free Time (PC)
02. (01) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (NDS)
03. (03) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
04. (04) More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (NDS)
05. (__) Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PSP)
06. (07) Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
07. (05) Mario Party (NDS)
08. (__) Lost Odyssey (360)
09. (__) Frontlines: Fuel of War (360)
10. (08) Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare (PS3)

Spain (Week 9, 2008)

01. (__) Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PSP)
02. (01) Wii Play (Wii)
03. (__) Lost Odyssey (360)
04. (03) More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (NDS)
05. (02) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (NDS)
06. (__) The Sims 2 : FreeTime (PC)
07. (04) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
08. (06) Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
09. (05) Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare (PS3)
10. (__) FIFA 08 (PS2)

Germany (Week ending March 2nd)

01. The Sims 2: FreeTime (PC)
02. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (NDS)
03. Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (NDS)
04. Frontlines: Fuel of War (PC)
05. More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima (NDS)
06. Professor Kageyama's Maths Training (NDS)
07. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC)
08. New Super Mario Bros. (NDS)
09. Wii Play (Wii)
10. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (PC)

Sweden (Week ending March 2nd)

01. The Sims 2: FreeTime (PC)
02. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PS2)
03. Singstar Svenska hits Schlager (PS2)
04. Lost Odyssey (360)
05. World of Warcraft (PC)
06. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii)
07. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (360)
08. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (PC)
09. Counter-Strike 1: Anthology (PC)
10. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PS3)

Denmark (Week ending March 2nd)

01. (01) The Sims 2: FreeTime (PC)
02. (__) Army of Two (360, PS3)
03. (05) Need for Speed: ProStreet (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP, NDS)
04. (02) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (360, PS3, PC)
05. (04) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC)
06. (03) FIFA 08 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP, NDS)
07. (09) Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)
08. (__) Counter-Strike: Source (PC)
09. (07) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2, Xbox, PC)
10. (__) Counter-Strike 1: Anthology (PC)

Read: UK, Irish, Dutch, and Danish chart data.
Read: Swedish, Spanish and German chart data.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.