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Tetris Tumbles as Sonic takes the throne

Sega's hedgehog tops UK mobile download charts

EA/Jamdat's grip on the top of the UK mobile games download chart has finally slipped - but not by much - as Sega/iFone's Sonic the Hedgehog speeds into first place during March and pushes the perennial puzzler into second place.

Sales of Tetris continue to climb, and the title has been beating the competition to the top spot for several consecutive months, but Sega's unstoppable little blue mascot has finally made that extra push, dashing from second place in February to race into pole position last month.

LMA Manager 06 holds firm in third place for EA, who appear to be making a similar onslaught on the mobile charts to that of the traditional videogames market, with no less than four titles in the top ten listing.

Gameloft's download chart veteran Block Breaker Deluxe enjoys a two-step rise, climbing from sixth to fourth, with The Sims 2 hot on its heels in fifth place, up four places from February's number nine.

Jack Bauer breaks into the charts in sixth place with 24: The Mobile Game from I-play, and EA's final chart entry for the month is nestled in at seven, with DOOM RPG.

It's all change at the lower end of the chart too, with THQ's Worms in at eight, followed by Zoo Tycoon 2 Mobile and retro TV quiz Blockbusters in ninth and tenth respectively.

It seems that EA's acquisition of Jamdat is already bearing fruits for the industry giant, and in spite of failing to utterly dominate the charts as is often the case in the PC and console market, the proliferation of EA branded titles appearing in the charts last month gives some indication of how seriously the company is taking the mobile sector.

UK Download charts are provided courtesy of ELSPA, and compiled from information supplied by O2, 3, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile.

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