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Ni no Kuni casts a spell on the UK charts


Hang on, is that a Japanese role-playing game at the top of the UK charts that doesn't have the words 'Final,' 'Fantasy,' or 'Pokémon' in its name? No, that doesn't sound right...

Well, pierce me a lantern and call me Mr Drippy, because the PS3-exclusive Ni no Kuni is indeed this week's best-selling game in the UK. To give you an idea of just how surprising this is, you have to go back almost exactly a year for the last JRPG to take top spot in Her Majesty's kingdom, and that was Final Fantasy 13-2. And here's an even more staggering stat for you: by Chart-Track's data there isn't another clear-cut example of a chart-topping JRPG that's not a Final Fantasy or Pokémon game in the last decade. Bam! Have a new trailer to commemorate the feat.

Ni no Kuni's impressive ascent pushed Black Ops 2 down to third, while DmC: Devil May Cry fell out of the top ten altogether after just two weeks, down now in 11th. The other new entry in the top ten is the Hitman: HD Trilogy, which debuted at fifth.

Top 10 UK Software Sales (All Formats); week ending February 2:

  1. Ni no Kuni
  2. FIFA 13
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  4. Far Cry 3
  5. Hitman: HD Trilogy
  6. Assassin's Creed 3
  7. Need for Speed Most Wanted
  8. Just Dance 4
  9. Hitman Absolution
  10. Skyrim

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