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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (26th 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 26th of November:

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

N denotes a new entry

Once again World of Goo is holding strong at the top of the chart along with Tetris Party. Capcom's retro title Mega Man 9 is also holding its own inside the Top 10 as well. One particularly impressive fact is that four of the six WiiWare launch titles are still hanging on inside the Top 20 over six months after their original release. This week's WiiWare releases, Boingz and Sudoku Challenge!, have so far failed to make an appearance in the Top 20 as of yet.

Both WiiWare titles from last week, Target Toss Pro: Bags and Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam, both managed to crack the Top 20 list this week. In fact, in a rather surprising move, Target Toss Pro: Bags went from not even making the Top 20 last week to jumping all the way up to the #5 spot this week. As you can imagine, this makes it this week's biggest climber. Of course this overshadows the huge climb Strong Bad Episode 4 - Dangerseque 3 made with its impressive nine spot jump to #6. The biggest drop award goes to Strong Bad Episode 3 - Baddest of the Bands, which fell six spots to #20.

My Aquarium finally lost its hold on the #3 spot, but still remains a popular WiiWare download week after week. Strong Bad Episode 1 - Homestar Ruiner finally joined company with Strong Bad Episode 2 - Strong Badia the Free, as both have now fallen completely out of the Top 20 altogether.

We also want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Be safe and try not to eat too much! (We know you will anyway)

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User Comments (36)



blackknight77 said:

addition to comment #4

Why is shovelware beating out Alien Crush returns which is about the best game to come this month? Quality must be no obstacle

When games like Pong Toss and Incredible Maze do very well in downloads is scares me to think what the future of Wii Ware will look like

I am sure Boingz and Suduko challenge will crack the top 20 and probably stay for quite some time.



Wiiloveit said:

Here's the weekly UK chart -
1) My Aquarium (you know, just for a change)
2) Brain Challenge
3) Tetris Party
5) NEW Art Style: CUBELLO
6) Bomberman Blast
7) The Incredible Maze
8) TV Show King
9) NEW CueSports - Snooker vs Billiards
10) Defend your Castle
11) My Pokemon Ranch
12) Wild West Guns
13) NEW Strong Bad Episode 3 - Baddest of the Bands
14) Midnight Pool
15) LostWinds
16) Helix
18) Mega Man 9
19) Cocoto Fishing Master

Bad luck, Yummy Yummy, and just remember ALIEN CRUSH RETURNS - we'll always love you, even if nobody else does.
A quick point: why are certain games titled in capitals? I've written the game titles above exactly how they are written on the Wii Shop Channel, and it seems like a fairly odd thing to do.
Also: I bought CUBELLO and Strong Bad last Friday, and it's a shame to see the 'Bad doing so poorly, especially since this one's got more point and clicky than any of the others.



WiiMan192 said:

Top 20 WiiWare Games in Australia
November 27th 2008

1. (2) My Aquarium
2. (1) Tetris Party
3. (13) Brain Challenge
4. (3) TV Show King
5. (11) Space Invaders Get Even
6. (6) Bomberman Blast
7. (N) Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands
8. (N) Art Style: Cubello
9. (5) My Pokemon Ranch
10. (4) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
11. (10) Defend Your Castle
12. (8 ) Wild West Guns
13. (N) Cue Sports: Snooker vs Billiards
14. (9) The Incredible Maze
15. (12) Midnight Bowling
16. (7) Mega Man 9
17. (16) LostWinds
18. (18 ) Midnight Pool
19. (19) Cocoto Fishing Master
20. (15) Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner

A disaster this week! To accommodate for Cue Sports', Cubello's and Strong Bad 3's appearances, Strong Bad 2, Helix and Dr. Mario fall from the list. My Aquarium and Tetris Party continue to dominate,and even titles like My Pokemon Ranch, The Incredible Maze and Midnight Bowling are showing no signs of weakness. Sadly, Mega Man 9 has plummeted from 7 to 16th place, while Space Invaders Get Even and Brain Challenge jump to the top 5: 11 to 5 and 13 to 3, respectively.



Djungelurban said:

Brand new week equals brand new chart, even in Scandinavia. And thus I bring you the Swedish top 20:
(1) 1 - Mega Man 9
(4) 2 - My Aquarium
(2) 3 - Tetris Party
(-) 4 - Art Style: Cubello
(-) 5 - Cue Sports: Snooker vs Billiards
(3) 6 - Brain Challenge
(7) 7 - Defend Your Castle
(8) 8 - Bomberman Blast
(15) 9 - The Incredible Maze
(5) 10 - Space Invaders Get Even
(9) 11 - LostWinds
(12) 12 - Midnight Pool
(13) 13 - Midnight Bowling
(10) 14 - TV Show King
(-) 15 - Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands
(16) 16 - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
(11) 17 - Wild Wild West
(20) 18 - SPOGS Racing
(14) 19 - Helix
(17) 20 - Cocoto Fishing Master

Notable action of the week:
*Mega Man 9 is still at the top... And except for a single week when it bowed down to Tetris Party it has hold this position for since its release... Can't imagine there are many Swedish Wii-owners without the game right now.
*Cubello is the highest new entry of the week in 4th. I always thought this was a better launch title for Art Style series rather than the fairly abstract Orbient. Hopefully the series won't crash and burn like it did in the US.
*Apparently Wii owners aren't completely pooled out after Midnight Pool since Snooker vs Billiards reached 5th. Personally I want neither game but that's just me...
*For some reason, Sweden decided to embrace mediocrity again this week (although mediocrity might be too flattering). Or perhaps it's the 500p price point. Either way, The Incredible Maze bounced back 6 spot to 9th this week...
*Space Invaders however dropped 5 to 10th. Although, that's far better than its companion release...
*May TV Show King finally be on the way out? Perhaps not, it seems to be one of those titles that hang around forever. Either way, it's down 4 spots to 14th this week.
*Yup, Strongbad's latest endevour turned into a fizzle and landed in 15th. I'm guessing the European user base got tired of waiting and turned to the PC version and/or piracy. That what you get for screwing with the release schedule Telltale Games!
*In the bottom 4 spots we have a few movers aswell. SPOGS Racing continues to make strides as the lone WiiWare racer while Wild West Guns is down 6, Helix is down 5 (remember that this game was 5th just two weeks ago) and Cocoto Fishing Master is down 3 spot to 20th. That was just barely because...
*You may have noticed how Alien Crush Returns is conspicuously missing from the chart? No, it's not that I've made a mistake and missed it. A few hours ago it was charting in 20th but as of the posting of this article Cocoto had passed it. This means that in one single week, Alien Crush Returns most likely dropped from 6th to 21th in one big drop. That's 15 spots!!! This completely shatters all previous records and I wouldn't be surprised if this is one record that won't get beaten... Ever...
*Also, high profile duo My Pokémon Ranch and Dr. Mario & Germ Buster also left us this week. And Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam is still nowhere to be seen... How about that...



Bass_X0 said:

thinking about it, we don't see how well games do in these charts - just what is selling more than others right now. i think everyone who wanted great games like Mega Man 9 downloaded it immediately and that current sales are from casual gamers or those originally undecided. we don't see the numbers of sales so i imagine even though the likes of My Aquarium tend to be at the top of the charts, the actual sales figures will continually be quite low compared to when the likes of Mega Man 9 was at the top when it had just been released.



Kknight said:

@Tony - I'm not too worried about the future of Wiiware at this point...I don't think the situation is anywhere near that dire yet. I only count 5 or 6 games in the Top 20 that could be considered complete shovelware that is not worthy of anyone's points. There are a few other games that I have no interest in personally, but that aren't necessarily shovelware. Also, the fact that the Top 5 is pretty consistently solid from week to week should give you hope. I think most developers should get the right message.

On another note, does anyone know which game is the current record-holder for most weeks at #1 (either consecutive or not?)



Wiiloveit said:

@BassX0: I agree, and I believe I once tried to explain that, but couldn't find the words to do so.
@Djungelurban: you did the epic-description thing again! Oh - and that ACR drop is HUGE.



Djungelurban said:

Nice to see someone listing the Aussie charts now. Hope it will be recurring... Although hopefully with a less disappointing performance by Mega Man 9 in future...

Naah, it was much shorter this week.



Wiiloveit said:

@Djungelurban: According to a quick word count, last week, your analysis was 747 words and 4054 characters long (inc. spaces). This week. it was 424 words and 2361 characters - so I guess you're right. It was still pretty long, though.



Corbs said:

Anyone notice that not one Art Style game is in the Top 20? I found that a bit strange. But the lack of Alien Crush Returns is just insane.



Dazza said:

Wow Alien Crush Returns is gone already! Madness I tell thee!!



gameking23 said:

I have noticed that week to week Pong Toss has not given up 16th place yet. I wish it would just disapear. When it does that will be a happy day. No Art Style games in the top twenty is just plain crazy these games are awsome. Thankfuly TIM did drop 2 places ,but so did Bomberman



LinktotheFuture said:

This week I bought Bomberman Blast and World of Goo, and I am enjoying them both. I highly recommend both to anyone who hasn't bought them yet.



shadows262 said:

Mega man 9 is 7th in the USA?
dang i cant believe my eyes...such a great game slowly falling off the charts.
tear runs down his face and he sighs



Twilight_Crow said:

I join to the shock of not having any of the ArtStyle games nor ACR on the chart! i'm glad for The Incredible Maze thou



Ricardo91 said:

@Hydroswimmer. What's wrong with TV Show King?

@Wiiloveit. You counted the EXACT number of words and characters on his post last week AND this week? You really DO spend far too much time on this site.

I'm not surprised to see Target Toss so high: It appeals to basically the same demographic as Pong Toss. I am surprised though to see YYCJ in the top 20 at all. Not only is it shovelware, it's shovelware no one heard about until it came out.

Meanwhile, I'm gonna shed a tear for the Art Styles, the Strongbads, and Alien Crush Returns.



Airola said:

Finnish list:

1. Tetris Party
2. Mega Man 9
3. Brain Challenge
4. My Aquarium
5. CueSports - Snooker vs. Billiards
6. Art Style: CUBELLO
7. LostWinds
8. Bomberman Blast
9. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: MLaaK
10. Space Invaders Get Even
11. Strong Bad Ep.3
12. TV Show King
13. Helix
14. Defend Your Castle
15. Alien Crush Returns
16. Midnight Pool
17. The Incredible Maze
18. Cocoto Fishing Master
19. Midnight Bowling
20. Wild West Guns



Djungelurban said:

@Mr. Cheez
I highly doubt that he counted them manually. There are online apps for that, will do it for you in a split second...



Nintendude92 said:

It's not that strong bad games don't have lasting power, its the episodic series thats holding the consumers back. Has anyone actually set aside $50 for Strong bad's entire series?

Every week you see them shoot up and down the top twenty. It's just what episodes look the most appealing or what everyone's moved onto playing. I bet if you combined the sales of all 5 it'd be in the top 3. But its unfair to call it one game, which is the only point anyone can make, really.



Wiiloveit said:

@Mr Cheez: I "Ctrl-C Ctrl-V"ed it into word, since there's a word count feature on there - I wouldn't try to count all of the words, or characters in djungelurban's summaries - I'd be there all week!
@Hydroswimmer12: TV Show King is actually a pretty fun game. So much so, that I even went out and bought the retail version. If you don't have it, I'd recommend it - if only for a laugh with some mates.



StarDust4Ever said:

Heck, it's no wonder that Goo is #1. With an unprecedented 10/10, I loved the game so much that I also purchased the retail edition PC/Mac CD-ROM on Amazon for 20 bucks + free shipping...

That way I can play it on my laptop when I am at school, and also do graphics hacks and other funky stuff with it that would be impossible with a closed system like Wiiware. Plus, for creating such a great game, I want to support them AMAP in hopes that its genius creators will create more gems, or better yet, a sequel!

It's no wonder everybody's been buying it. I'd bet anyone who's ever seen it has probably been just dying to get a copy of it.

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