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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (12th Nov)

Posted by Darren Calvert

It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

We compile this list using the USA region Wii Shop channel, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be quite a bit different. Please feel free to post your region's findings below as always.

Keep in mind that the list below is a measure of actual sales made recently, not of the total time the game has been available for sale.

Here is the list for the 12th of November:

1 (1) - Tetris Party
2 (2) - World of Goo
3 (3) - My Aquarium
4 (4) - Mega Man 9
5 (5) - Strong Bad Episode 3 - Baddest of the Bands
6 (8) - Dr Mario Online Rx
7 (9) - Defend your Castle
8 (6) - The Incredible Maze
9 (7) - Bomberman Blast
10 (10) - Midnight Bowling
11 (11) - My Pokémon Ranch
12 (12) - TV Show King
13 (N) - Alien Crush Returns
14 (13) - Wild West Guns
15 (15) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
16 (14) - Frat Party Games - Pong Toss
17 (N) - Brain Challenge
18 (17) - Strong Bad Episode 1 - Homestar Ruiner
19 (19) - LostWinds
20 (N) - Home Sweet Home

N denotes a new entry

There has been no change in the top 5 this week. Tetris Party and World of Goo continue to sell like hot cakes. Even Dr Mario is seeing a boost this week, maybe a new audience has moved on to it after enjoying Tetris?

Alien Crush Returns finally makes an appearance, we were a bit worried when it didn’t show up last week! Hopefully it will break into the top 10 soon, it deserves to as it is a quality game.

This week we say farewell to Orbient, Cubello and Midnight Pool. May you all be remembered fondly.

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User Comments (42)



MarkyVigoroth said:

Yay! Beer Toss fell, while My Pokémon Ranch stayed!
By the way, the demises of the Art series might be expeted, since they seem too simplistic for some people's tastes.



Sycoraxic98 said:

Wow, how the HECK did Home Sweet Home break the top 20, when CUBELLO fell?!?!?

Ah well, we need more Mega Man, LESS Aquarium!



LinktotheFuture said:

Tetris Party is really cool, but I hope they put the NES version of Tetris out on the VC. I like the 3rd music option on it, not to mention the various sized rocket ships you get for high scores.



Kawaiipikachu said:

Hopefully Alien Crush Returns hit the top 10 soon but right now as i have no regrets even thru meaning i dont have any spare points for guitar hero world tour Pay & Play .



Ferret75 said:

Cubello AND Orbient fell?

Well, at least more people are getting Alien Crush Returns.



LinktotheFuture said:

I am surprised how high Midnight Bowling and Incredible Maze are considering how horrible they were rated. Just proves that not enough people visit this site before they buy.



gameking23 said:

RotoHex was in the top Twenty during the past week along with the other Art Style Games too bad they are gone. I'm still going to buy Cubello though.

The Incredible Maze is droping at an Incrediblely slow pace. At least it is droping.



World_1-1 said:

Nice to see Tetris Party and World of Goo still 1/2ing it. Both are great titles.



gameking23 said:

World of Goo definitly deserves the spot it got. It is the best WiiWare title I own I love it.



Djungelurban said:

It's again time for everyone's favorite chart and this week we have plenty of movement for you all to ponder upon.

Now, here's the Swedish top 20:
(2) 1 - Mega Man 9
(1) 2 - Tetris Party
(3) 3 - My Aquarium
(5) 4 - Bomberman Blast
(8) 5 - Helix
(7) 6 - Midnight Bowling
(6) 7 - LostWinds
(N) 8 - Brain Challenge
(9) 9 - Wild Wild West
(10) 10 - Defend Your Castle
(11) 11 - TV Show King
(4) 12 - The Incredible Maze
(N) 13 - Alien Crush Returns
(N) 14 - Space Invaders Get Even
(14) 15 - Cocoto Fishing Master
(15) 16 - Midnight Pool
(12) 17 - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
(16) 18 - Dr. Mario & Germ Buster
(13) 19 - My Pokémon Ranch
(18) 20 - Toki Tori

Notable action of the week:
*Tetris Party's reign at the top lasted for only one week and Mega Man 9 has instead reclaimed that position. I had no idea Mega Man was this popular in Sweden.
*Helix is this weeks biggest climber and went 3 spots from 8th to 5th. It's now 7 weeks since the very same game left the US charts. How things can differ ehh?
*Brain Challenge is this weeks' highest newcomer is 8th. Not too surprising since it's the kind of casual that the average Wii Fit buyer would appreciate. Gameloft keeps getting win after win, it's very impressive of them.
*In 12th we find the faller of the week and this drop redefines what a big drop on the Wiiware charts is. The turd known as "The Incredible Maze" kinda lived up to it's name and dropped an incredible 8 spots(?!) and that's despite that only one of the newcomers passed it. I'm guessing people realized how atrocious it was. At this rate it will leave the chart by next week.
*Something that not many people may know is that Sweden's first claim to fame in gaming was with pinball games. It was actually DICE, the developer the behind the Battlefield series that first broke into the gaming scene win the well known Pinball Dreams series. So we have a pinball legacy here in Sweden. But apparently that was no help for Alien Crush Returns which entered the charts in 13th place. Respectable but that about it. However, it did beat...
*Space Invaders Get Even which entered the charts in 14th. I'm guessing that it's not remembered all too fondly in these parts and it being broken up in all those parts probably didn't help either.
*FFCC:MLAAK was dangerously close to leaving the charts altogether this week. For a large part of the week it hovered in 19th but eventually managed to climb back 2 positions and ended up in 17th. Still, it's a sure indication that time is running out for Final Fantasy and it dropped 5 spots in total.
*Instead the 19th spot was claimed by My Pokémon Ranch after falling 6 spots. While, it has had drops like this before, it has never been as far down as it is now and when the next batch of games arrive it might not be here anymore.
*And finally in 20th Toki Tori is still holding on. Way to go!
*This week's drop outs were "The Sims 1 without the actual playing part of the Sims", "Overboard Equal But Less" and "Crappy racing game making strides in the charts just cause it's uncontested". Especially the complete failure of Home Sweet Home is notable since it entered the charts just 2 weeks ago.

Next week there's nothing really interesting to look forward to. No new games mean no new fun. Sure, we'll see if Mega Man 9 can hang on to its reclaimed top spot, how far up the charts the newcomers will go after their first full weeks and if Toki Tori can manage to stay alive for another week. But what I really would want is weekly updates instead of biweekly like it is now... You listening NOE?



Djungelurban said:

I was just over at the Aussie store (which is something I do at times) and I'd just like to point out that Space Invaders charted in 3rd. How's that for a contrast to the Swedish charts...



Crazynoodle said:

what is Guitar Hero World Tour Pay and Play???? On a different note, i dont know why peeps like the maze, and my pokemon ranch. oh well. May be scince the art styles arent doing good ma bo shi will come around the corner.



LinktotheFuture said:

@Crazynoodle--GHWT Pay and Play is a download service for Guitar Hero World Tour that lets you download new songs to play. It is 200 Wii Points a song, which is pretty good considering you get vocals, guitar, bass and drums in easy, medium, hard, and expert modes. If you like Guitar Hero/Rock Band, then you should get Guitar Hero World Tour!



Djungelurban said:

Since I kinda said I'd cover it if needed... Here's the UK chart:
1 My Aquarium
2 Tetris Party
3 Bomberman Blast
4 The Incredible Maze
5 Space Invaders Get Even
6 Brain Challenge
7 TV Show King
8 Defend Your Castle
9 Midnight Pool
10 My Pokémon Ranch
11 Wild West Guns
12 Helix
13 Mega Man 9
14 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
15 LostWinds
16 Alien Crush Returns
17 Midnight Bowling
18 Home Sweet Home
19 Cocoto Fishing Master
20 Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner

Don't expect me to do this every week though...



Starwolf_UK said:

I was so happy about the Uncredible Maze slipping in position and then I see the UK charts...drat. We sure do have an undying love for 500 Wii point games (space invaders is 500 points too...only the 3 sequels won't appear on the chart )



Twilight_Crow said:

Shovelware is nice, without it, I'll be in bankrupt every week, and now and then you find some ugly game only you like for odd reasons, btw Go "The Incredible Maze"! .
The charts are interesting today, the fall of the ArtStyle games is a shame, is Pong Toss the one that has to go, but it seems we'll have to wait a little longer for that.



Kevin said:

Geez I wonder how long My Aquarium can keep this up. And still ahead of the awesome Mega Man



Clayfrd said:

@Djungelurban- You're thinking of bimonthly. Biweekly means twice a week, not once every two weeks. Wait... I just checked. Biweekly can be used to mean either twice a week or once every two weeks. How worthless! Anyway, I guess it works in good context, and it is in good context in your case. I definitely agree with you. We Americans get good service (not always good games, but good service ), so NoE needs to pick it up.

@Versus22- I'd like to thank you for posting the Canadian list so diligently. It's always nice to see different perspectives.



Virus said:

Dam...I knew I should've bought Orbient by now...despite my one purchase probably amounting to zilch.

It seems WiiWare is taking the route of the VC: not many games are re-entering the charts (at least for America). So much for the dynamic charts I was hoping for.



Ricardo91 said:

*pant* *pant* *pant* *pant*

Poor Rotohex didn't even make the list, and neither did ACR.



AlexSays said:

I wish shovelware didn't exist.
Shovelware is great.
Without it, gaming wouldn't exist.



Virus said:

Heh, I can't wait for a video game developer to come out and say they created their crappy game so we can appreciate better games more. Alas, JV Games and BPlus are too modest to admit how devoted they are to the common good of video games.



Wiiloveit said:

@AlexSays, Corbie: YAY FOR SHOVELWARE!!! No, wait. That can't be right...

@Djungelurban: Sorry, since the charts were posted later than normal this week, I entirely forgot. Next week I should have the UK chart up. Or - you could go the whole hog and do all Europe for us all. I'll give you imaginary Rep points

@Alien Crush Returns: I'm very disappointed in you. VERY DISAPPOINTED



EJD said:

Not bad; hoped to see the Art Style games doing well. They'll take over the EU chart when they come out over here.



Djungelurban said:

@Wiiloveit: Even better up, I can give you Swaziland!!
But no, not gonna do that. Just did UK this once since it's a recurring chart but I would prefer if I didn't have to cause it's a bit of a hassle to switch regions. If you are unable and everyone else unwilling, sure then once in a while I might back you up. But like I said, I rather not. UK is your puppy.



Wiiloveit said:

It's fine, I just didn't get around to it this week. Good thinking, though. Keep up the good... erm... posting!



Objection said:

Am I the only one who is sad that LostWinds is on the brink of...falling off the top 20?



Serpent said:

What is My Aquarium still doing on the top 5 list everywhere, Its not even a game. I dont understand the appeal at all for it. Thats probably the best selling wiiware game and it sucks.



Wiiloveit said:

@Serpent: As I say just about every week here, it's most likely because it's cheap and appeals to just about every casual gamer. I'd go into further depth, but I'm getting tired of talking about this. Maybe you could start questioning why My Pokemon Ranch has been doing so good all of this time, and why Dr Mario is still in the top 10 (in the US at least)?



Khellendros said:

Hi everyone!
Spanish WiiWare Chart:

1- My Aquarium
2- Tv Show King
3- Tetris Party
4- Mind Challenge (N)
5- Space Invaders Get Even (N)
6- Helix
7- The Incredible Maze
8- Bomberman Blast
9- My Pokemon Ranch
10- Alien Crush Returns (N)
11- Midnight Pool
12- Lost Winds
13- Wild West Guns
14- Megaman 9
15- Defend Your Castle
16- Final Fantasy: MLAAK
17- Home Sweet Home
18- Midnight Bowling
19- SPOGS Racing
20- Potpurri

No comment on number 1. What are we spaniards thinking of...?



vherub said:

the staying power of defend your castle is a testament to its $5 price. While wiiware games are influenced by quality, word of mouth and reviews, they are very price sensitive even if most games are cheap. I would bet games would have a huge surge in sales if they ever went on sale. Toki Tori sales have probably cratered, they would definitely benefit.
If the service had a weekend sale, similar to steam, that would also be a great way to get relatively older titles back in the mix. Eventually there will be enough great games that there won't be room in the top 20 for all the Goo or Lost Wind titles.



Khellendros said:

@Wiiloveit: True, no idea how that happened. I think last week Tetris was in number 1 but somehow My Aquarium and TV Show King climbed up the charts this week. Also, poor Megaman 9...

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