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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (19th Nov)

Posted by Corbie Dillard

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 19th of November:

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

N denotes a new entry

It looks like you can't keep a good Goo down as World of Goo has once again taken over the top spot on the charts in the US. Of course there's no need to feel too sorry for Tetris Party as it only slipped down to the #2 spot. And as you can see, fish aren't far behind Goo in WiiWare popularity as Hudson's My Aquarium is still holding strong at the #3 spot.

The only new release to chart this week is Strong Bad Episode 4 - Dangeresque with no sign of Target Toss Pro: Bags. Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam must not have been very yummy as it's still not made an appearance on the charts as of yet.

The big climber this week was easily Brain Challenge that jumped 13 spots up to #4, while the biggest dropper was Strong Bad Episode 3 - Baddest of the Bands which dropped 9 spots to #14. The Strong Bad episodes have had a very strong showing on the WiiWare charts, although Episode 2 seems to be the underachiever of the group at the moment.

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User Comments (37)



Corbs said:

After Star Soldier R sold so poorly, I didn't expect much from Alien Crush Returns and it's pretty much lived up to my expectations so far, sadly.



diegoesgriam said:

In Mexico :

1) World Of Goo
2) Brain Challenge
3) My Aquarium
4) Megaman 9
5) Bomberman Blast
6) Tetris Party
7) My Pokemon Ranch
8) The Incredible Maze
9) Defend Your Castñe
10) Dr. Mario Online RX
11) FFCC: MLaaK
12) Wild West Guns
13) Midnight Pool
14) Tv Show King
15) Home Sweet Home
16) Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam
17) Spogs Racing
18) Lost Winds
19) Family Table Tennis
20) Alien Crush Returns

(i'm from Chile, but i need to change country to buy in shop channel)

I love Goo domination.



Dazza said:

Wow good on World of Goo! Amazing staying power!!

Poor old Alien Crush Returns, it deserved better than this



Wiiloveit said:

That was (slightly) early. Anyways, UK Chart time:
1) My Aquarium
2) Brain Challenge
3) Space Invaders Get Even
4) Tetris Party
5) Bomberman Blast
6) The Incredible Maze
7) Tv Show King
8) Defend Your Castle
9) Wild West Guns
10) Midnight Pool
11) My Pokémon Ranch
12) Helix
13) Alien Crush Returns
14) LostWinds
15) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles My Life As A King
16) Mega Man 9
17) Midnight Bowling
18) Cocoto Fishing Master
19) Home Sweet Home
20) Strong Bad Episode One - Homestar Ruiner

On Friday: Strong Bad Episode Three (?) and Art Style Cubello, alongside ????



MarkyVigoroth said:

My Pokémon Ranch stayed in the same spot for weeks?
My Wall Staples still work?

Sadly, Beer Toss stayed...
At least the Incredible Maze fell...



gameking23 said:

Yay for World of Goo! As for Pong Toss all I have to say is WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO LEAVE!! The First Episode of Strong Bad did drop out of the top 20 for one day last week.



Ricardo91 said:

Oh darn, Tetris Party's not #1 anymore.
Well, World of Goo takes the top spot at least, which is fine by me. TIM is still selling WAAAAY too well, and I'm surprised to not see Target Toss anywhere. Makes sense that BC would be selling well: those brain training games are pretty popular.

@Dazza. Hey, at least it actually MADE the top 20. The only time SSR made the list was when there were less than 20 Wiiware games available.



Golgo said:

Hurray for World of Goo!

Good news for 2DBoy, who recently reported that 9 out of every 10 PC versions are pirated.



Killraven said:

yeah it sucks that GOO is being pirated so badly, few guys at work have illegal copies to, and i was saying they were pov to not spend 20$ on such a great game.



Djungelurban said:

The most important charts of anything ever arrives again. Here's the Swedish Wiiware chart of November 19th 2008! I demand you to rejoice!

Actually there's alot of movement for you to ponder upon. The Swedish chart stands as follows:
(1) 1 - Mega Man 9
(2) 2 - Tetris Party
(8) 3 - Brain Challenge
(3) 4 - My Aquarium
(14) 5 - Space Invaders Get Even
(13) 6 - Alien Crush Returns
(10) 7 - Defend Your Castle
(4) 8 - Bomberman Blast
(7) 9 - LostWinds
(11) 10 - TV Show King
(9) 11 - Wild Wild West
(16) 12 - Midnight Pool
(6) 13 - Midnight Bowling
(5) 14 - Helix
(12) 15 - The Incredible Maze
(17) 16 - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
(15) 17 - Cocoto Fishing Master
(19) 18 - My Pokémon Ranch
(18) 19 - Dr. Mario & Germ Buster
(-) 20 - SPOGS Racing

Notable action of the week:
-In a very active chart, only 2(?!) games remained in last week's position. Yes, indeed, nothing happened in the top of the charts. Mega Man 9 is still reigning supreme here in Sweden and Tetris Party is still fighting on in 2nd. Where is MM9 in the UK charts? 16th? Alright then...
-A 5 spot leap is usually enough to become the big climber... This week, not so much... But 3rd is still impressive for last week's newcomer Brain Challenge. I predict this will be one that we won't get rid of lightly.
-Instead, we find this week's climber in 5th. Space Invaders Get Even climbs a massive 9 spots from 14th! Not sure why these 2 extra days benefited the game this much but it did and now it's 5th. It's a thing!
-In 6th we find another big climber which would have been the climber ofg the week pretty much any other week, but none the less, Alien Crush Returns 7 spot jump is still very impressive. Guess this old video game pinball nation finally started to appreciate their legacy. And I'm full of ... Moving on...
-There's so much happening! Defend Your Castle climbs 3 to 7th which any other week would be a big deal. This week however it was just dwarfed by all the other big things happening.
-I'm actually more surprised by this one. Bomberman Blast drops 4 to 8th. I was sure that Bomberman would hold it together but it seems the end is nigh. Guess it has something to do with it being a more well known entity than for example TV Show King and thus it reaches a high attachment rate and market saturation quicker than that game. Although that can't explain why Mega Man is still hanging around, doesn't every single Wii owner in Sweden own that one already?
-Which all this movement this week I'll just leap over the 2 spot movers in one giant leap and arrive at another erratic climber. Why exactly did Midnight Pool climb 4 spots all of a sudden? Past it's fairly younger sibling even? I don't know, but it did and it is in 12th. Good going there.
-Cause its sibling did not perform as stellarly. I predicted it to freefall quite a few weeks ago. Well, after a few weeks of resisting gravity, Midnight Bowling finally delivered on MY promise. It fell a huge 7 spots to 13th. However...
-It seems kinda like Helix observed the giant prat fall of The Incredible Maze last week and scoffed "No little pebble shall out maneuver me! I'm all about movement and I shall show it how its done!" and then fell an astounding 9 spots(?!). Not only does this fall award Helix the biggest faller of the week, but it sets a new record when it comes to huge drops. While I guess it had it coming, it's been overperforming for weeks, I'm still very surprised by this. I thought it would fall slowly down the charts like all the other games but I guess not.
-The Incredible Maze fell 3 to 15th. Hah! Serves it good! Moving on. Text is getting long.
-I'll move right past a group of games bobbing up and down ever so slightly (I'm especially happy about My Pokémon Ranch being in a prime position to drop out when the new games arrive this Friday... squuuee!) and arrive at 20th position where an old "friend" returns to the charts. Toki Tori is booted and SPOGS Racing arrives! But can you seriously blame people. I mean, I love racing games but if you go to the Racing category in the genres section of the WiiStore you're granted with only a single title there. Heck I've been tempted to buy it at times cause my Wii is starving for a WiiWare racing title, and I'm sure many people give in to temptation therefore. You hear this developers? No more games in heavily overpopulated genres (read as puzzle) and more racing and RPG games thank you. We're starving for it.

Well, wasn't this an exciting week, I guess you never know with these things. And next week shouldn't disappoint either since we probably will get three new games. I won't predict anymore since I seem to be only 50-50 anyway but I can atleast hope for Gradius right? But I can't promise you this much movement every week, cause that would be, you know, crazy.



shadows262 said:

the top 5 should be:
1: World of Goo
2: Tetris Party
3: Mega Man 9
4: Bomberman Blast
5: DYC



Djungelurban said:

Actually, Strong Bad 2 charted for a total of 7 weeks while the third game is already on its way out after only 4. So I'd say they are performing as one can expect which is each version doing a little worse than the previous.



Khellendros said:

Spanish WiiWare charts!

1- My Aquarium
2- TV Show King
3- Brain Challenge
4- Tetris Party
5- Space Invaders Get Even
6- Alien Crush Returns
7- Bomberman Blast
8- Lost Winds
9- Midnight Pool
10- Helix
11- The Incredible Maze
12- My Pokemon Ranch
13- Wild West Guns
14- Final Fantasy MLAAK
15- Defend your Castle
16- MegaMan 9
17- SPOGS Racing
18- Midnight Bowling
19- Cocoto Fishing Master
20- Home Sweet Home

Well, I can´t say i really like the first three spots...And MegaMan 9 doesn't seem to be doing very well in Spain. At least Bomberman Blast, Tetris Party and Lost Winds are in the top 10.



Cheezy said:

Oh, and for those who reviewed Helix here at WiiWare World, in a new Nintendo Channel Video, showing various reviews for Helix, a small tidbit of your guys' Helix review was shown, with the WiiWare World name and your guys' grade. Congrats, you guys!



Ark said:

Poor Alien Crush. But then, I had the same expectations as Corbie so yeah...

Really? That's great! Congrats WiiWare World.



earthworm said:

I think that Alien Crush suffered from bad timing. Those of us with space issues who had to make room for both World of Goo and Tetris Party just don't have anything left to erase for another big game. I plan to get it when I somehow make some room--maybe when I finally finish Toki Tori, though that could be a while.



Twilight_Crow said:

Way to go WoG! And just a few more new good games up there and Pong Toss will be out and about . Oh, yeah, Go The Incredible Maze!



Objection said:

Go WOG! Regaining the top spot, Mom and Dad are so proud! Too bad for Alien Crush Returns and LostWinds who are already (yes I say already for LW too) close to falling off. Don't let them loyal WWW readers!! PS-Congrats on the mention, WWW!



gameking23 said:

NEWS FLASH: This just in Target Toss Pro: Bags just entered the top twenty at 18th place.



StarDust4Ever said:

My one complaint for World of Goo (and it is a really minor one) is that every now and then, I try to grab a goo ball and end up hitting a button onscreen. Ditto with attempting to click a "sign" that is hidden behind goo balls. Well, that is an extremely minor qualm.

This is the most awesome game for Wiiware, casuals and hardcores alike; Couldn't agree more with the 10/10 rating - I could play it forever! Hooray for GooWorld #1!!!



LinktotheFuture said:

As someone who is one the fence about downloading World of Goo, is there anyone who doesn't think it is worth the money, or is it really one the truely great games?



Ren said:

Yeah, World of Goo really is that good, I'm loving it. A little quicker play through than I had expected, but I imagine it'll still be fun to keep playing after it's done.



Djungelurban said:

Haha, well, I don't really. I just sorta decide which games I'm gonna do a write up for and then just write what ever comes to me. But I must admit, after this last week I was like "Would you look at that giant wall of text? Who in their right mind would have the patience to read all that crap? I should really work on making them shorter". So yeah, I do agree, that was a bit extreme.



Wiiloveit said:

To be honest, I didn't "have the patience to read all that crap", but I skim-read bits of your analysis.
Oh, and you didn't need to do the UK charts this week, I made sure that they were ready especially for you - and now I can spell your name without looking at it beforehand!

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