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Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (18th Mar)

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 18th of March:

1 (2) - Tetris Party
2 (3) - My Aquarium
3 (4) - World of Goo
4 (1) - Onslaught
5 (5) - Dr Mario Online Rx
6 (6) - Cue Sports - Pool Revolution
7 (8) - Fun! Fun! Minigolf
8 (7) - My Pokémon Ranch
9 (10) - Brain Challenge
10 (9) - Midnight Bowling
11 (11) - Target Toss Pro: Bags
12 (12) - Defend your Castle
13 (13) - TV Show King
14 (--) - Gradius Rebirth
15 (14) - Wild West Guns
16 (15) - Sandy Beach
17 (20) - Bomberman Blast
18 (16) - Tiki Towers
19 (18) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
20 (--) - Family & Friends Party

* (N) - Denotes a new entry on the Top 20

Well the "Big Three" are back in business. As you can see Hudson's Onslaught didn't enjoy very much time at the top of the chart as Tetris Party, My Aquarium, and World of Goo all jumped back up to the top 3 spots again.

The big climber this week was obviously Konami's Gradius Rebirth, which debuted on the Top 20 at #14. We also had another new debut from Family & Friends Party as well at #20. The big dropper this week was Onslaught, which dropped from the top spot down to #4.

Bomberman Blast continues its resurgence and one can only guess how high the game can climb in its second appearance on the Top 20. Tiki Towers is another title that continues to move its way back up the chart as well.

On a more somber note, Mega Man 9 dropped from the 16th spot all the way off the charts this week. We'll have to wait and see if it can manage a return trip to the Top 20 in the coming weeks.

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User Comments (51)

Djungelurban

#3

Djungelurban said:

Swedish Top 20:
(1) 1 - World Of Goo
(2) 2 - Onslaught
(3) 3 - Snowboard Riot
(4) 4 - Fun! Fun! Minigolf
(5) 5 - Mega Man 9
(6) 6 - My Aquarium
(10) 7 - Bomberman Blast
(9) 8 - My Pokémon Ranch
(8) 9 - LostWinds
(11) 10 - Tetris Party
(-) 11 - Family Table Tennis
(7) 12 - Defend Your Castle
(15) 13 - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
(12) 14 - Dr. Mario & Germ Buster (Dr Mario Online Rx)
(19) 15 - Pop-Up Pirate!
(R) 16 - SPOGS Racing
(16) 17 - Family Glide Hockey
(R) 18 - Space Invaders Get Even
(13) 19 - Toki Tori
(18) 20 - Pop Them, Drop Them SameGame

thewiirocks

#4

thewiirocks said:

I have a feeling that Tiki Towers owes its success to World of Goo. How many players end WoG feeling like they want more, then turn to Tiki Towers as a substitute? I know that was partly in my line of reasoning.

"If this game is even half as good as WoG..."

Too bad it isn't. Tiki Towers doesn't really do anything to engage the player. It's all resource management and nothing else. Which makes it feel more like work than play. (Blech.)

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#5

Philip_J_Reed said:

Glad to see World of Goo is still pulling in customers. That game truly deserves it. (Tetris does, too, but something tells me Tetris doesn't need the money. :D )

It'll be nice to see Bit.Trip on that list next week. Mark my words!

Rum_Rapture

#6

Rum_Rapture said:

Not much to report from the UK, but I'll do it anyway, and you'll love me for it:

1 (1) - My Aquarium
2 (2) - World of Goo
3 (3) - Onslaught
4 (5) - Pop-Up Pirate!
5 (4) - Snowboard Riot
6 (6) - My Pokemon Ranch
7 (8) - Defend Your Castle
8 (10) - The Incredible Maze
9 (7) - TV Show King
10 (9) - FUN! FUN! Minigolf
11 (11) - Bomberman Blast
12 (13) - Tetris Party
13 (12) - Brain Challenge
14 (14) - CueSports - Snooker vs. Billiards
15 (16) - LostWinds
16 (17) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
17 (15) - Pop Them, Drop Them SAMEGAME
18 (19) - Space Invaders Get Even
19 (18) - Wild West Guns
20 (N) - Sudoku Challenge!

Art Style: ORBIENT falls out of the charts in favour of Sudoku Challenge again. And our biggest climber this week is The Incredible Maze. Hooray for taste..!

subzerobf

#7

subzerobf said:

Shamew to see Onslaught drop, put I gues First Person Shooters can only appeal to so many people. Puzzlers are good for almost anyone, virtual aquariums I still don't understand.
YOU CAN HAVE IT AS A FREE FLASH GAME PEOPLE, DON"T WASTE 500 Wii POINTS ON IT.

KnucklesSonic8

#8

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Hockey All-Star Shootout is still on the Top 20 here in Canada. It's in the 20th spot, no less, but when I see other titles like Toki Tori not even appearing on the list, it truly saddens and sickens me at the same time. sigh

Other games of note: F&FP is 15th, IIRC, Wild West Guns is 17th or 19th, Onslaught is 3rd... Those are the ones that stick out in my mind the most.

tkubas1

#10

tkubas1 said:

I thought onslaught would be in the number 1 spot for more than one week.

worrybomb

#11

worrybomb said:

Pikamander2 has a good point. Especially if NoA brings out an updated version of MPR the same way NoJ did over there.

I would have love to see Bit.Trip: Beat make the charts this week but sadly that wasn't the case. I'm still stuck in that blast "Descent" song. Curse you, CommanderVideo! :P

Objection

#12

Objection said:

I can't believe Onslaught went up so high so fast only to drop back down so fast. :( Oh well, back to the boring top 3.

Bahamut_ZERO

#15

Bahamut_ZERO said:

The Big 3 made a comeback..... what a suprise.

Let us all take a moment of silence for MM9, one of the best WW games of all time.

takes hat off

@KS8: Im still stuck on the first one. Go my mad skillz :P

Also, great to see Bit Trip doing so well :D

Objection

#16

Objection said:

Is Descent the 2nd one? I only had enough patience and endurance to beat the first level, a 45min ordeal. Fun when I won though! ;)

CorbsAdmin

#17

Corbs said:

@ Crazed - Well your prediction crashed and burned. Bit.Trip.Beat didn't crack the Top 20 this week. But I bet it shows up next week. :)

Clayfrd

#19

Clayfrd said:

No!!! Mega Man! Oh, well. Tetris Party really is good. It's probably the only Tetris game I have ever been truly "addicted" to. I also like the original Gameboy version, but it lacks the modes and modern conveniences of the Party. Then again... it doesn't have the word party in its title, which earns it big points :D.

WiiGuy

#20

WiiGuy said:

@18
I spent my money on WoG, then bought Cue sports with the 500 points :|

chris3116

#21

chris3116 said:

Canada list at 8:15 PM Eastern Time
1-Tetris Party
2-World of Goo
3-My Aquarium
4-Onslaught
5-Dr.Mario Online RX
6-Brain Challenge
7-My Pokemon Ranch
8-Cue Sports: Pool Revolution
9-Bomberman Blast
10-Fun Fun Minigolf
11-Defend your Castle
12-Mega Man 9
13-Tiki Towers
14-FFCC My Life as a King
15-Gradius Rebirth
16-TV Show King
17-Hockey AllStar Shootout
18-Bit Trip Beat
19-Sandy Beach
20-Wild West Guns

Metroid133

#22

Metroid133 said:

The Big 3 reunited! :P Wonder how long it will last this time. Maybe Onslaught will make a comeback or Bit. Trip Beat will give them a piece of its pixels. :D

Edit: Just checked and Bit. Trip Beat is at #20! :)

Link79

#23

Link79 said:

Mega man 9 off the charts? In the words of Darth Vader at the end of star wars Episode 3... Nooooooo. I can't believe some of the trash that has bumped MM 9 of the charts. What's wrong with you people? I guess everyone is getting bored with it since it's been out so long. This is a sad day indeed.

Crazed

#25

Crazed said:

@Corbie- So Bit. Trip didn't make the charts as I hope. Ah well, it still is a great game, and my prediction will probably ring true next week. What will be really humiliating is if Bit. Trip doesn't fulfill my prediction (top 10, maybe top 5) next week. That probably won't happen, thanks to Metroid133's information.

However, I'm more sad that Mega Man 9 isn't on the charts. I was never able to try a classic Mega Man game, and when I was able to try a Mega Man game, the series seemed to had moved on to a simpler formula (Mega Man Battle Network.) I decided to try and get a Mega Man game on Wiiware when I could, but I didn't know what one to get (there are many versions.) Not only did Mega Man 9 make my search simpler, it also gave me a piece of what a true Mega Man 9 game was really about. If you have never played a Mega Man game before, or have only played a Mega Man game made in recent history (post-2002), then get this game. It deserves to be played.

On one final note, how is Hockey All Star Shootout # 17 on the Canadian charts?

Kaeobais

#26

Kaeobais said:

THEY'VE REFORMED! There's no stopping them now! Run, run for your lives! Hide your children, grab your pets, it's: ATTACK OF THE BIG THREE!

Ricardo91

#27

Ricardo91 said:

The big 3 are getting their revenge!

I'm pretty sure Bit Trip will make it's way on the charts next week. Hardly any new game make thier way to the charts on their first week.

Also, MEGA MAN 9! NOOOOOOOO!!

Mike1

#29

Mike1 said:

These weekly lists are so stupid. Every week they look exactly the same accept when Onslaught was #1 last week. What a insult that Mega Man 9 has fallen out of the Top 20 again!

worrybomb

#30

worrybomb said:

Alright! Bit.Trip: Beat is currently at no. 18 here in the US charts. Here's to hoping it climbs up more spots. =)

KDR_11k

#31

KDR_11k said:

Obviously the popularity of games won't drastically change from one week to the next.

I don't think it's surprising that Onslaught had a spike and then a drop-off, it does seem to appeal mostly to the hardcore crowd which tends to buy games early (best example being Lit with its extreme spike and drop) plus Onslaught isn't big on distinguishing features that people will keep pointing at.

Germany:
(2) 1 My Aquarium
(1) 2 World of Goo
(3) 3 Onslaught
(4) 4 FUN! FUN! Minigolf
(6) 5 TV Show King
(5) 6 Snowboard Riot
(7) 7 Tetris Party
(8) 8 Brain Challenge
(9) 9 Bomberman Blast
(10) 10 Pop-Up Pirate
(11) 11 Midnight Bowling
(12) 12 SAMEGAME
(13) 13 My Pokemon Ranch
(N) 14 Family Table Tennis
(15) 15 LostWinds
(14) 16 CueSports
(16) 17 The Incredible Maze
(19) 18 FFCCMLaaK
(18) 19 Mega Man 9
(20) 20 Defend Your Castle

My Aquarium steps over WoG, Onslaught seems to have stabilized in third spot. Not much going on, the only notable addition is Family Table Tennis which jumped right to spot 14 despite the increased price and low quality. With every new entry comes a new loser and this time it's Family Glide Hockey, from spot 17 right off the charts.

wanderlustwarrior

#32

wanderlustwarrior said:

Just a random thought, maybe its already been brought up (I haven't been checking the sight that much once the one each a week came back), but:

any info on the LostWinds sequel?

Adamant

#35

Adamant said:

Top 11 user-voted releases from Norway:

1) LostWinds
2) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
3) Mega Man 9
4) World of Goo
5) Dr. Mario & Germ Buster
6) My Pokémon Ranch
7) My Aquarium
8) Alien Crush Returns
9) Art Style: Orbient
10) Star Soldier R
11) TV Show King

Good games doing good.

longtimegamer

#37

longtimegamer said:

@Crazed - I Think BTB is up to 16 so far.

I haven't got this yet. Been thinking about maybe getting this and or Y's mainly. Do wish BTB had online scoreboards. Be cool (if it was possible) if they found a way to do it later. Sounds like it would be made for that.

SRPirate

#41

SRPirate said:

Glad to see top three back there, thought onslaught would stay up for longer than a week though...

StarDust4Ever

#42

StarDust4Ever said:

Wow! Onslaught's position in the shotlight seems to have been short lived...

This is very good news as it means World of Goo once again climbs one more step back up the ladder. Dr Mario and Cue Sports soon to follow :-)

Dawnclaude

#43

Dawnclaude said:

Are there any top 20 charts for Australia? When you go on Nintendo Australia you dont even find any WiiWare Titles... why?.

Vertigo

#45

Vertigo said:

Probably out of the scope of WWW but I wonder what the VC top 20 is looking like.

chris3116

#48

chris3116 said:

In Canada at 02:30 PM Eastern Time, Bit Trip Beat is 7th.

For your info, Hockey Allstar Shootout is now at 16th.

Wiiloveit

#50

Wiiloveit said:

Where is the latest chart? I thought I'd have a little gander and see how Bit.Trip was selling, but the new chart hasn't been posted yet. How strange.

BiasedSpring5

#51

BiasedSpring5 said:

Hi, I'm new here at WiiWare World. Where us the new chart? The chart should have been posted on the 25th. It's already the 26th. That's very odd.

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