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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (17th Sept)

Posted by Darren Calvert

It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.

We are checking the list for the USA region, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always.

Remember the list below is a measure of sales made recently, not the total time the game has been on sale.

Here is the list for 17th September:

1 (1) - My Aquarium
2 (4) - My Pokémon Ranch
3 (2) - Strong Bad Episode 1 - Homestar Ruiner
4 (3) - Defend your Castle
5 (N) - Strong Bad Episode 2 - Strong Badia the Free
6 (5) - Dr Mario Online Rx
7 (6) - Wild West Guns
8 (8) - Frat Party Games - Pong Toss
9 (10) - TV Show King
10 (9) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
11 (N) - Groovin’ Blocks
12 (11) - Midnight Pool
13 (7) - Helix
14 (12) - LostWinds
15 (13) - Family Table Tennis
16 (16) - V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack
17 (14) - Cocoto Fishing Master
18 (15) - Gyrostarr
19 (17) - SPOGS Racing
20 (19) - Block Breaker Deluxe

N denotes a new entry

My Aquarium holds firm for another week, but we suspect a certain Mr Strong Bad might change that next week with his 2nd adventure (that is unless Mega Man 9 comes out on Monday!).

Pong Toss is still lingering like a bad smell at #8, after all these weeks! C’mon, this isn’t even funny anymore!

It’s a welcome relief to see Groovin’ Blocks make it into the charts this week, we were wondering where it got to! The unlucky games to fall into the flaming pits this week are Pirates: Key of Dreams and Magnetica Twist. Place your bets on who will go next week.

Have your say on this week’s findings below as always.

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User Comments (38)



Wiiloveit said:

UK WiiWare Chart

1) My Aquarium
2) Bomberman Blast
3) Defend Your Castle
4) My Pokemon Ranch
5) Wild West Guns
6) TV Show King
7) Midnight Pool
8) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles My Life As A King
9) StrongBad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner
10) LostWinds
11) Cocoto Fishing Master
12) Pop
13) SPOGS Racing
14) MaBoShi The Three Shape Arcade
15) Dr Mario & Germ Buster
16) Pirates: The Key Of Dreams
17) Block Breaker Deluxe
18) Toki Tori
19) Critter Round-Up
20) Star Soldier R

Well, it appears that Europe's first casualties are (predictably) Toki Tori and Actionloop (Magnetica) Twist, whereas Plattchen fails to even enter the chart - presumably because of the unknown franchise and high price point. On the bright side, Bomberman is certainly a hit (more people to thrash me online, then ), with Midnight Pool also making a good debut.

As for the US charts: why must Magnetica leave (again)? Although I'd like SPOGS to get knocked off next week, it looks like it'll be Block Breaker instead. Someone should go around the houses of people who purchase SPOGS or Pong Toss and slap them in the face. It's just not fair.

Oh, and I got first comment: YAY FOR F5!



Jonny said:

Odd Strong Bad 2 isn't enjoying the same level of success strong bad 1 had.



Digiki said:

@ Jonny
I dunno Ep. 2 will probably get spot number 1 for a little while



Wiiloveit said:

@Jonny: it has only just been released - give it a chance. And it did seem more likely that the second would sell worse anyway, since those who didn't like the first one will obviously not be returning for seconds. And don't forget that many people are holding onto their MegaMan Wii points for next week as well.



lucario13 said:

lol i'd love it if toki tori came out of nowhere all the way back to no.1 spot.



blackknight77 said:

I hope Gryostarr does not drop off before Pong Toss. And yes its not funny anymore. I am also surprised Family Table Tennis still holds strong. Its pretty good for 500 points, I highly reccomend it over Pong toss (for that matter China Warrior as well).
I predict My Aquarium will hold anywhere from 1-3 next week too. MM9 may be too much a force. Don't try to stop it



Twilight_Crow said:

Hadn't noticed that the charts are indeed very diferent from place to place, but the biggest diference is Pong Toss nowhere to be seen in many other charts (including the mexican). Was there really a time when you thought having Pong Toss up there was funny?

Glad to see Groovin' Blocks doing well, btw If Megaman 9 comes out next week I doubt Strong Bad 2 will ever hit first place.



TokiToku said:

i need help in strong bad 2. where is the 4th homsar artifact. i found the binder, power strip, and fork.



Terra said:

No Surprise that Strong Bad is doing that well so soon. Great that SPOGS will soon be off but shame about Magnetica. Good to see Groovin Blocks enter finally, wonder where Potpourrii will be next week. i doubt many are buying it



Objection said:

Strong bad is gonna be a favorite the whole runthrough. But I am sad to see Magnetica Twist (the best puzzler on Wiiware IMO) die again...



Digiki said:

@Twilight Crow
I forgot about the whole MM9 supposed to come out Monday thing, but if it doesn't SB2 will probably take or come close to #1 and it still has the rest of the week to climb.



shadows262 said:

dude strong bad 2 is doin well. its ok when my aquarium is 1st but its not ok when pokemon ranch or pong toss are first. to tell the truth i miss toki tori sniffle sniffle



Supermarioman said:

Until Pong Toss falls off the top 20 I will see a cat die everyday, too bad one of those cats that die because Pong Toss was bought was one of my cats.....(Sniff)



Jonny said:

Digikl and wiiloveitonline

I know it could go up but strong bad 1 was 1st the wednesday after being the previous monday. Part 2 hasn't accomplished that though. It could still go up of course but my comment was only comparing it to the first one when it first came out.



Ricardo91 said:

@Twilight Crow. Maybe if it was called "Tequila Pong", it might've sold better in your country.

I'm not surprised that Potpurri isn't on there. It doesn't deserve to be in the top 20. The plain gray title screen isn't exactly appealing either.

Thank god SPOGS is almost dead now. It should've been off the charts months ago . Too bad for Block Breaker though.



Kriqz said:

Considering Sept. is the party month for colledge/university, it's not too surprising that Pong Toss is up so high. Just because it's not a good video game doesn't mean it's not a good drinking game.

Sequels rarely sell as well as the original, so it doesn't surprise me either that SB1 is still higher up. Those who didn't buy the first one may choose to buy it this week (thereby inflating sales of SB1), and those who didn't like the first one won't buy the second one. Personally I don't understand the appeal of these games but to each his/her own.

What I find interesting is DYC holding up so well. Most people dismissed it 'because you could play it for free on pc'. Yet despite being released on the first week of wii-ware it's still in the top 5.

I'm holding out for MM9.



SRPirate said:

My aquarium must be good if its still in first place, but frat party games needs to drop... now!



MarkyVigoroth said:


(Then again, it seems that people are enticed with the "tame" gameplay and fun appearance, and the fact that there are not many platformers and no real RPGs, or the desperacy of people to download something, kept Pong Toss' place.)

At least My Pokémon Ranch is still up (/takes out Lucastick/), Strong Badia the Free took a high place, and My Aquarium keeps its #1 spot.

Hn... if there are at least 20 good games on WiiWare queque, Pong Toss (rated 2) may leave... it might be because of the WiiWare not having enough games...



AlexSays said:

You guys should do like your top five wiiware games.

Yeah, I'd like to see something similar to that.
Maybe where every WWW staff member picks a favorite game.



Twilight_Crow said:

@Mr. Cheez
Yes, in here that game would sell for sure , actually nobody here knew that Pong Toss is based on a game played with beer, and I didn't know that such a game existed in USA, that, is an interesting fact I learned on this site



tantrumario said:

just face it. The UK are game savvy. They know what games will suck before they buy it.( from the UK wiiware chart)



Tides_of_Chaos said:

Strong Bad 2 is doing pretty well, that must mean that a lot of people liked episode 1. I still think it's weird though to see My Aquarium up so high still. I haven't played it yet but by the looks of it, it seems like you do about the same amount of activity in it as My Pokemon Ranch and MPR got a negative response from this site.



Link79 said:

I have this bad feeling that Mega man 9 won't get the high position on the charts it will likely deserve cause all the ignorant kiddies will keep buying crap like pong toss, Pokemon ranch and Spogs racing. Come on people get with it. Stop buying the garbage and buy some real games.



Kriqz said:

"I still think it's weird though to see My Aquarium up so high still. I haven't played it yet but by the looks of it, it seems like you do about the same amount of activity in it as My Pokemon Ranch and MPR got a negative response from this site."

Yeah, I don't understand that either... People just love to hate on pokemon I guess.



Atlantis1982 said:

Well its not like we all hate pokemon (I am currently playing Pearl), but the fact it is so useless and pointless at the same time it really is baffling why it's so popular. And it better not be, "Well you can get Mew." >.>



ttplayer92 said:


Well, that is the reason. Also for a storage for all the extra pokemon people have captured. Plus, it is kind of a expansion to the mii channel in a way.



Virus said:

The Final Fantasy game seems to be dropping. Perhaps this is a sign its high price point is reducing its appeal more quickly. Good? Bad? I dunno.

I'm kind of glad Potpurrii didn't make the list. Hopefully this will show that most poorly-received games won't do that well (I would say "all," but then there's Pong Toss...).



Clayfrd said:

I'm hoping MM9 edges Spogs off the list. I'm hoping MM9 is #1, and I can guarantee that I'll help that cause. If fate is on my side, I shall download Mega Man 9 on September 22, 2008, as soon as I possibly can! Mega Man 9 FTW!!!



Kriqz said:

"the fact it is so useless and pointless at the same time it really is baffling why it's so popular."

Yeah, but, isn't that the same thing with My Aquarium? I mean, one has fish, and the other has pokemon. That's about all I see that's different, unless I'm missing something.



Wiiloveit said:

All I care about with MM9 on WW is that it is released at the same time as/before the other consoles, and sells well enough compared to the other consoles as well. YOU GOIN' DOWN, PSN!!

@Colourful twilight: I know I'm not part of the WWW team, but here's my top five WW games anyway:
1) LostWinds
2) Bomberman Blast
3) TV Show King
4) Toki Tori
5) Strongbad E1



MarkyVigoroth said:

Uh... Kriqz-san, they said that there were not going to review My Aquarium as a game, and I bet that they did review My Pokémon Ranch as a game, hence the difference.



Otty_Ott said:

Hey, I love My Aquarium. It is not a game. It's a glorified screen saver, but a fine one. It is nice to leave on while you do other things around the house. The camera will lock onto one fish and follow it around the tank. You also unlock new fish a couple times a week. The reason why it is selling so much is it is only $5 and for that price, it is terrific. Everyone in my house loves having it on the TV. It is relaxing like a real aquarium is, without the cleanup work and dead fish...



Kriqz said:

I'm not trying to knock My Aquarium, it serves it's purpose just fine. As far as aquarium simulators go I'm sure it's great. It just seems hypocritical to me for people to hate MPR when MA is basically the same thing.



Bensei said:

I guess Plättchen will be very high in Austria, because it's an Austrian game.

Maybe I'll post a list soon

1.) My Aquarium
2.) Bomberman Blast
3.) TV Show King
4.) Midnight Pool
5.) Wild West Guns
6.) My Pokémon Ranch
7.) LostWinds
8.) Defend your Castle
9.) F²C²MLaaK
10.) Dr. Mario & Germ Buster
11.) Cocoto Fishing Master
12.) Pirates
13.) SPOGS
14.) Block Breaker Dx
15.) Plättchen
16.) Actionloop Twist
17.) Star Soldier R
18.) MaBoShi
19.) Toki Tori
20.) Pop

Plättchen already fell from 7 to 15. TV Show King is holding really well. And Gladly Toki Tori is still in.



Wiiloveit said:

The Austrians once again have a worthy top ten, and even if Plattchen is just at 15, it's still probably the highest position in Europe.

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